On Saturday, a woman decided that she wanted to get a selfie with the jaguar at a zoo. Instead of relying on positioning and staying safely in the viewing area, witnesses said the woman climbed a fence, hopping into the jaguar’s enclosure. As one could imagine, things do not go well once she was inside.
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The woman climbed in with a jaguar at the Wildlife World Zoo near Phoenix, Arizona. According to a report by the Daily Mail, the woman was trying to get a better picture with the big cat, so she decided to enter the enclosure by scaling a barricade.
Once inside, the jaguar apparently did not take kindly to the woman. The big cat swiped at her, severely lacerating her arm.
Video recorded after the incident shows the woman lying on the ground and crying as people try to care for her injuries. A deep gash is clearly visible.
Zoo officials acknowledged the incident, asserting that they are investigating the situation.
“We regret to inform that this evening, before closing there was an incident reported involving a guest, who crossed over the barrier to get a photo, according to eye witnesses,” said Wildlife World Zoo in a statement.
“The visitor sustained non-life threatening injuries to their arm from one of our female jaguars. At the request of the family, paramedics were called. At no time was the animal out of its enclosure. The incident is being fully investigated.”
While this is the second incident involving the jaguar swiping at a visitor, the zoo assured the public that the big cat would not be euthanized.
“We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar,” said the zoo on Twitter.
“She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe- not a wild animals fault when barriers are crossed. Still sending prayers to [the woman] and her family.”