- On Saturday, a 30-year-old woman was attacked by a jaguar after crossing a barrier while trying to take a selfie.
- Authorities for the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Litchfield, Arizona, are investigating the incident.
- But they have said that “nothing will happen” to the jaguar.
- At the time of the incident, the animal did not leave its enclosure.
- The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries when she crossed the barrier. The jaguar is fine.
On Saturday, a 30-year-old woman was attacked by a jaguar after crossing a barrier while trying to take a selfie.
In statements published on Twitter and Facebook, authorities for the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Litchfield Park, Arizona said that the woman sustained “non-life threatening” injuries to her arm.
“We regret to inform that this evening, before closing there was an incident reported involving a guest, who crossed over the barrier to get a photo, according to eyewitnesses,” the statement said. “The visitor sustained non-life threatening injuries to their arm from one of our female jaguars. At the request of the family, paramedics were called. At no time was the animal out of its enclosure. The incident is being fully investigated.”
Please understand why barriers are put in place. Sending prayers to the family tonight. pic.twitter.com/2MPb8bXhwR
— Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park (@ZooWildlife) March 10, 2019
Graphic video captured in the moments after the woman entered the enclosure has circulated on social media.
In a separate post on Sunday, a representative for the zoo tweeted that “nothing will happen” to the animal following Saturday’s incident.
“She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe -[it’s] not a wild animal’s fault when barriers are crossed,” the tweet said.
For the duration of the investigation, the animal has been removed from the enclosure, CBS News reports.
Speaking to AZ Family, Wildlife World Zoo spokesperson Kristy Morcum said the 30-year-old woman met with the zoo’s owner on Sunday. The woman, who has not been identified, “feels horrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident,” Morcum said.
Per CBS News, the woman apologised for crossing the barrier and said she was in the wrong. She called the ordeal a “crazy accident,” rather than an attack.
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