Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

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

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

However, she was released shortly after with a series of stitches.

On Saturday, a woman was attacked by a jaguar in an Arizona zoo after crossing the barrier to take a selfie.

"The person involved met privately with zoo officials to acknowledge her regret for her role in the past weekend's events. Still sending prayers to her and her family".

The woman, whose injuries are non-life threatening, was taken to a hospital.

After this latest jaguar incident, people immediately began raising concerns about the fate of the jaguar, but the zoo responded quickly to quell those fears.

"She won't be put down", the zoo tweeted in response to someone's inquiry about the animal.

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On a visit to the zoo in Litchfield Park, about 20 miles west of Phoenix, on Saturday, the woman climbed over a low concrete wall to pose for a picture against the steel fencing surrounding the jaguar exhibit. The jaguar reached out and grabbed her arm with its paw, leaving lacerations, Gilleland said. Several people were seen attempting to help her as they waited for help. Wilkerson said he heard screams for help and didn't think when he ran to help the woman.

At this point, another patron intervened by stuffing a half-empty water bottle through the cage to distract the jaguar. "At that moment, I grabbed the girl around the torso and pulled her away from the cage and it unlatches from her claw", he recalled. "If you put the jaguar down, I'll NEVER go there again", wrote a woman on Twitter. Cellphone video showed her writhing in pain on the ground in the aftermath. "It hurts." A gash about three inches long can be seen on her left forearm.

"When people do not respect the barriers, there's always a chance there might be a problem", zoo director Mickey Ollson said.

Zoo spokesperson Kristy Morcum told the site that the woman "feels frightful about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident", especially since the woman loves the zoo.

And, in a separate interview with CBS News, the woman said she wasn't "attacked", but instead called the incident a "crazy accident".

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