Zoo: Woman attacked by jaguar apologizes to Phoenix facility

Jaguar that attacked selfie-taking US woman won't be put down

Jaguar that attacked selfie-taking US woman won't be put down

A woman was attacked by a jaguar at a zoo in Arizona on Saturday after crossing a barrier to get closer to the animal for a selfie.

The man who shot the video, Adam Wilkerson, told AZFamily his mother distracted the beast with a water bottle and he was able to pull the woman away.

Zoo officials later released a statement saying the woman was taking a selfie when the attack occurred. The jaguar will not be put down.

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar", the Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona tweeted on Saturday. Officials said the attack is under investigation but noted that the animal was not outside her enclosure at any time. "Still sending prayers to her and her family", Wildlife World Zoo officials tweeted Sunday. She also reportedly apologized and admitted fault in the incident.

Witnesses told zoo officials the woman had "crossed over the barrier" to get her picture.

She was treated at the scene before being taken to a hospital with "stable, non-life-threatening injuries", Gilleland said.

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The woman said she loved the zoo and "feels terrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident", spokeswoman Kristy Morcum told the outlet.

The Wildlife World Zoo assured a Twitter user who anxious that the jaguar might be euthanised: "We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar". "That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble". Eyewitness Michele Flores pushed a water bottle through the fence to get the animal to let go of the woman.

"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".

Ollson said it "was not the animal's fault" and they won't euthanize the wild cat.

"She took her one paw off and grabbed the bottle with her mouth, but her other paw was stuck on the lady's shirt", Flores told KPHO and KTVK.

"Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there", he said.

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