- The woman who was injured by a jaguar on Saturday, identified only as Leanne, told CBS News that she’s sorry.
- But she also thinks the zoo should “look into moving their fence back.”
- Leanne’s arm was injured after she got into the enclosure when taking pictures with the jaguars.
- The 30-year-old woman went over the barrier, but the jaguar never left the enclosure.
- The jaguar is fine, but an investigation is underway at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Litchfield Park, Arizona.
The woman who was injured by a jaguar after entering its zoo enclosure on Saturday thinks the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park should reconsider its setup.
“I was in the wrong for leaning over the barrier,” the woman, who has been identified only as Leanne, told CBS News. “But I do think that maybe the zoo should look into moving their fence back.”
She continued: “Anybody can reach out. I’m not the first, and if they don’t move the fence, I’m probably not going to be the last.”
Leanne was likely referring to a man named Jeff Allan, who told ABC 15 he had to get stitches after being injured by the same jaguar at the zoo last summer.
“I never climbed over a barrier,” Allan said. “I never stepped over a barrier. I was behind the barrier and just reached my arm out.”
On Saturday, Leanne fell into the enclosure when she was trying to get a picture with the jaguar.
“The black jaguar was up against the fence, and we happened to be walking by, and we said, ‘Hey let’s get some good pictures,'” Leanne told CBS News.
That’s when she quite literally crossed the line.
In statements published on Twitter and Facebook on Saturday, authorities for the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Litchfield Park, Arizona, said the woman sustained “non-life threatening” injuries to her arm.
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 jaguar following Saturday’s incident.
“She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe – not a wild animals [sic] fault when barriers are crossed,” the tweet said.
For the duration of the investigation, officials have removed the jaguar from the enclosure, CBS News reported.
Zoo director Mickey Olson told CBS News that he has no plans to change the exhibit set up at this time.
“When people do not respect the barriers, there’s always a chance there might be a problem,” he said.
Leanne, for her part, feels bad. She previously called the ordeal a “crazy accident.”
“I never expected this,” she told CBS News. “I feel like we’re all human, we make mistakes, and I learned my lesson.”
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