The woman, who hasn't been identified, was allegedly trying to take a selfie when she crossed a barrier meant to keep visitors back from the animal's enclosure at Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park on Saturday. The jaguar reached out and grabbed her arm with its paw, leaving lacerations, Gilleland said. The jaguar will not be put down.
Representatives of the zoo said the woman, who is in her 30s and whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and that zoo officials are investigating the incident. "Still sending prayers to her and her family", Wildlife World Zoo officials tweeted Sunday. The jaguar grabbed the water bottle and let the woman go.
The woman apologized to the zoo after the incident was over, although she did not admit to climbing over the concrete barrier.
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Wilkerson, who captured some of the aftermath on video, added that the woman was "lying on the ground, screaming in agony". "I see another girl with her up against the cage of the jaguar and the jaguar has clasped its claws outside of the cage around her hand and into her flesh", Wilkerson told the news station. Now she's apologizing for the incident.
A spokeswoman said the injured visitor had returned to the facility and said she felt bad about the publicity it was getting. "If you put the jaguar down, I'll NEVER go there again", wrote a woman on Twitter.
"There's no way to fix people crossing barriers", said zoo director Mickey Ollson, AzFamily reported in another article.
"She's a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe", the zoo tweeted. "That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble".