Jaguar Attack Victim Apologizes to Zoo, Admits Fault

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The Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Arizona responded to her.

The woman, who hasn't been identified, was allegedly trying to take a selfie when she crossed a barrier meant to keep visitors back from the animal's enclosure at Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park on Saturday. "Still sending prayers to her and her family", the zoo posted on late Saturday evening.

She was treated at the scene before being taken to a hospital with "stable, non-life-threatening injuries", Gilleland said. Witnesses rushed to distract the jaguar and save the woman from its grasp.

Video of the incident went viral over the weekend, forcing the zoo to issue a statement.


The jaguar that attacked an Arizona woman - who jumped a barrier to snap a selfie with the feline - will not be euthanized, zoo officials said Sunday. She apologized and admitted fault, Mocum added.

"This zoo in particular is a lot more open in terms of how close you can get to these animals", said Wilkerson, describing the barrier as "a little bit above waist height" for him (he is 5 feet 9 inches tall). "That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble".

The zoo sent another message on Sunday, assuring the public that "nothing will happen to our jaguar", and adding that it's "not a wild animal's fault when barriers are crossed".

The woman said she loved the zoo and "feels disgusting about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident", spokeswoman Kristy Morcum told the outlet.


Michele Flores was at the zoo with her son and grandkids when she saw the attack.

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

The Wildlife World Zoo assured a Twitter user who anxious that the jaguar might be euthanised: "We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar".

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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