Jaguar attacks woman trying to take photo at zoo

Geraldine Edwards
March 11, 2019

While there was some concern for the woman and her newly-scarred arm, a lot of online commotion was built up over the future of the jaguar. The Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Arizona responded to her.

Paramedics were called to treat the woman for lacerations to her arm.

The zoo said the victim was attempting to take a photo when the incident occurred.

Kristy Morcom, spokesperson for Wildlife World Zoo, said barriers around animal enclosures are put in place for the safety of both the guests and animals. CBS affiliate KPHO reports the woman is expected to recover.

"This is the second time the female jaguar has swiped at someone this month", Wildlife World Zoo Director Mickey Ollson told ABC15.

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Observers were concerned that pulling the woman off of the jaguar could make the situation more unsafe, so another witness threw a wattle bottle into the enclosure to distract the animal, who then let go of the woman.

A woman has been attacked by a jaguar after she crossed a barrier at a United States zoo in a bid to take the flawless selfie with the big cat.

Adam Wilkerson's video capture of woman attacked by jaguar at an Arizona zoo. "Everyone yelling for help", he wrote in a Reddit post. "I grabbed it and started to push it into the cage... and so that's when she took her one paw off and grabbed the bottle with the mouth", witness Michele Flores said.

Instead of pulling the woman, Wilkerson was quick-thinking and made a decision to distract the jaguar.

In an effort to distract the jaguar, Wilkerson said, his mother ran up behind him and shoved her water bottle through the cage.

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"The jaguar lets go of the girl somewhat because the claw catches on just her sweater". And we pulled the girl back and she collapse.

Hundreds of selfie-related injuries and deaths have been reported in recent years, with several occurring at zoos or animal reserves, according to a study from the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care.

No employees witnessed the incident either, according to Wilkerson.

This was not the first time the female jaguar hurt a park visitor.

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