Zoo: Woman attacked by jaguar apologizes to Phoenix facility

A woman suffered lacerations on her arm after a jaguar took a swipe at her while she tried to take a selfie with it.							Screenshot from Reddit video

A woman suffered lacerations on her arm after a jaguar took a swipe at her while she tried to take a selfie with it. Screenshot from Reddit video

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". He said he didn't want to pull her off.

Authorities say a jaguar attacked a woman who crossed a barrier while trying to take a photo Saturday at a wildlife park west of Phoenix. "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. The woman had climbed over a concrete barrier to get closer to the animal to snap a selfie with her smartphone. After this latest jaguar incident, people immediately began raising concerns about the fate of the jaguar, but the zoo responded quickly to quell those fears.

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar".

"She won't be put down", the zoo tweeted in response to someone's inquiry about the animal.


A jaguar that attacked a woman who posed outside its zoo enclosure in Arizona will not be put down, zoo officials said.

A witness told CNN that his mom distracted the jaguar with a water bottle during the attack and the animal let go of the woman's arm.

"I hear this young [woman] screaming, 'Help, help, help, ' and without thinking, I just run over there", Wilkerson told Fox 10.

"So at that point, I see that it's no longer attached to the girl's actual arm, only her sweater", he recalled.


He explained Flores, his mother, managed to distract the big cat with a plastic water bottle she pushed into the enclosed area.

A jaguar won't be punished for a woman whose selfie went horribly wrong. A video of the incident shows the park goer writhing in pain with a gash on her arm.

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".

"We've got the fire department en route".


Kristy Morcum, a spokeswoman for the zoo, told the news outlet that the woman loved the zoo and "feels awful about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident".

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