WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A jaguar at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park in Arizona attacked a woman after she allegedly tried to take a selfie outside the big cat’s enclosure.
- The woman, who was not yet identified, was trying to take a selfie near the barrier of the animal’s enclosure when it reached her arm.
- The woman was treated at a hospital for nonlife-threatening injuries, Shawn Gilleland, a spokesman for the department told NBC News on Sunday.
A woman has been attacked by a jaguar after she crossed over a fence to take a selfie with the wild animal at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park near Phoenix, Arizona.
According to witnesses, they heard the woman “screaming for help” while she was being attacked by the female jaguar. The woman has allegedly “crossed a barrier” to get near the jaguar’s enclosure when it lashed out.
A video filmed by a witness showed the woman with blood on her arm due to severe lacerations.
The attack is now under investigation by the zoo management after acknowledging the woman attempted to climb the barrier.
“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 zoo management said in a statement.
“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.”
Mickey Ollson, director at the Wildlife World Zoo said it was the second time in a month the jaguar had swiped at a zoo guest but noted the wild cat would not be put down.
“We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar,” the zoo management posted on Twitter.
“She’s a wild animal, and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe — not a wild animal’s fault when barriers are crossed. Still sending prayers to (the woman) and her family.”
Source: NBC News