Jaguar attacks woman trying to take selfie at zoo

Woman taking selfie attacked by jaguar at Wildlife World Zoo

Woman taking selfie attacked by jaguar at Wildlife World Zoo

So reads a Saturday night tweet from Arizona's Wildlife World Zoo in the wake of an incident involving a guest and a jaguar. As she was attempting to take the photo, the animal reached out and attacked the woman on the arm.

"Please understand why barriers are put in place".

The woman was transported to to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Rural Metro Fire Department. "Sending prayers to the family tonight", the zoo tweeted. "The jaguar lets go of the girl somewhat because the claw catches on just her sweater".

A woman was attacked by a jaguar at an Arizona zoo after witnesses said she crossed a safety barrier to take a selfie, according to the zoo.

Witnesses saw the woman crossing over a barrier to take a picture of the jaguar at the Wildlife World Zoo.

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Zoo officials say the same jaguar scratched another person a year ago after they went over a barrier.

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

The jaguar reached out and grabbed her arm with its paw, leaving lacerations, Gilleland said.

"That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble". "I could see the claws in her actual flesh", he said. "Every time that you have an incident in a zoo, you're going to double check it and meet with your staff try to figure out a way to stop that incident from happening again - but again, when people do not respect the barriers, there's always a chance there might be a problem".

Jaguars are the largest cat found in the wild in North and South America. Last July, a jaguar escaped its enclosure at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans during off hours and killed nine other animals, including three foxes, five alpacas and an emu. Wildlife World has both black and spotted jaguars. Ollson told AZFamily.com that zoo officials will look at whether more barriers should be added to the exhibits to keep guests away from the animals.

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