Woman mauled by jaguar while taking a selfie apologizes to zoo

12 March, 2019, 07:29 | Author: Carlos George
  • A screengrab from a witness' video after the woman was attacked

A spokeswoman for Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park said the woman, who suffered deep cuts, came back to the facility and said she felt bad about the publicity it was getting.

A woman on a trip to an Arizona zoo with her son and grandchildren reacted swiftly when a jaguar attacked another visitor who had crossed a barrier to take a selfie with the wild animal. "Wildlife world staff and administrators appreciate her honest apology and we look forward to welcoming her and her family back at a future date", Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park officials wrote on Twitter. Zoo officials said she required several stitches to treat her wounds. I rush over and see this girl with her hand up against the Jaguar enclosure fence with a black Jaguar's claws in its grasp.

The woman later characterized the incident as a "crazy accident" rather than an attack, but didn't admit to crossing the barrier, CBS noted. The jaguar took a swipe at her, clawing her arm.

Representatives of the zoo said the woman, who is in her 30s and whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and that zoo officials are investigating the incident. Now she's apologizing for the incident.

Wilkerson then added that it was only when his mom then distracted the jaguar with a water bottle that the big cat left the woman alone.

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The zoo later tweeted a response to those concerned about what would happen to the jaguar following the incident.

"She took her one paw off and grabbed the bottle with her mouth, but her other paw was stuck on the lady's shirt", said Michele Flores, who helped rescue her.

"Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there", he said. "If you put the jaguar down, I'll NEVER go there again", wrote a woman on Twitter.

Footage of the alarming incident showed how significantly the female jaguar had injured the Arizona zoo's guest.

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar", the zoo told CNN.

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