Injured woman apologizes to Arizona zoo after jaguar attack

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Officials from the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park replied to a woman who threatened to not return to the zoo if the female jaguar were to be put down stating, "She won't be put down".

A woman who was attacked by a jaguar after crossing a barrier at a zoo to take a photo of herself with the animal has apologized to the facility outside Phoenix. The jaguar reached out and grabbed her arm with its paw, leaving lacerations, Gilleland said.

Upon seeing the foreign object, the jaguar loosened its grip on the woman's arm, snagging only her orange sweatshirt.

The woman, whose identity has not been released, also made an apparent effort to remove blame from the animal, saying she was not "attacked".

Zoo officials said the woman received several stitches at a nearby hospital but was not kept overnight.

According to the Rural Metro Fire department, the woman, who was in her 30s, took a selfie near the fence of a jaguar enclosure, when one female jaguar swiped the woman's arm. According to AzFamily, she has since apologized to the zoo for getting too close. "That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble".

Witnesses told zoo officials the woman had "crossed over the barrier" to get her picture.




An unidentified employee at the zoo tells the 911 dispatcher that a woman was attacked by "one of our jaguars", and her arm is "in pretty bad shape", AzCentral reported on March 10.

"She's a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe", the zoo tweeted.

Michele Flores said Monday she grabbed a water bottle from a stroller and put it through an enclosure, distracting the jaguar.

"Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there", he said.

"The jaguar lets go of the girl somewhat because the claw catches on just her sweater".

Last summer, a male jaguar escaped from an enclosure at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and went on a rampage, killing nine other animals at the zoo: five alpaca, three foxes and an emu.

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