Injured woman apologizes to Arizona zoo after jaguar attack

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A woman was attacked by a jaguar in Arizona on Saturday evening, after she crossed a barrier at a zoo in what authorities say was an attempt to take a selfie with the big cat. While standing right next to the jaguar enclosure, the cat reached through the cage and pinned the woman, piercing her arm with its claw.

Following the incident, Kitty Block, the president of The Humane Society of the United States issued a statement calling for zoos to "set a higher standard to protect people and to respect wildlife from a safe distance", the Washington Post reported. The jaguar will not be put down. At no time was the animal out of its enclosure. please understand why barriers are put in place.

CBS News reports that the woman received stitches on Sunday and later met with the zoo on Sunday and apologized for her action. She apologized and admitted fault, Mocum added.

"The incident is being fully investigated", the zoo said.

A woman survived a close encounter with a jaguar after trying to take a selfie with it at an Arizona zoo on Saturday.

At this point, another patron intervened by stuffing a half-empty water bottle through the cage to distract the jaguar.

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A spokeswoman said the injured visitor had returned to the facility and said she felt bad about the publicity it was getting. "That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble".

This is the second time the 4- to 5-year-old female jaguar has swiped at someone who crossed the barrier, Wildlife World Zoo Director Mickey Ollson told ABC15.

He said the animal will not be euthanized because the incident "was not the animal's fault and they would never harm an animal based on human behavior".

Michele Flores was at the zoo with her son and grandkids when she saw the attack.

Wilkerson said he heard screams for help and didn't think when he ran to help the woman. One of the female jaguars attacked the woman, leaving her with "non-life threatening injuries" to her arm.

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