Selfie-Taking Woman Apologizes After Jaguar Attack At Arizona Zoo

Zoo-goer attacked by jaguar after she climbed into its enclosure for

Kristy Morcum, spokesperson for Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, told Azfamily that the woman returned to the park and apologized, saying she "feels frightful about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident".

Shawn Gilleland, a spokesman for the Rural Metro Fire Department, told The Washington Post on Sunday that fire crews said the woman, who is in her 30s, climbed over a barrier at the zoo Saturday to get closer to the jaguar's enclosure so that she could get a selfie with the animal. "Sending prayers to the family tonight", the zoo said in a statement, according to AZ Central. He said he didn't want to pull her off.

One witness, Adam Wilkerson, told AZFamily.com that he and his mother heard the woman scream Saturday evening and ran to help. They added the jaguar never left her cage and the woman was never in the animal's enclosure.

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

Wildlife World Zoo announced the incident on Twitter, urging visitors to "please understand why barriers are put in place". You can see the jaguar in question chewing on the water bottle at the top of this article. She was reportedly trying to take a selfie near the fence outside the jaguar enclosure when the animal reached out and attacked her, KPHO reported. The woman said she loves the zoo and "feels frightful about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident".

The zoo sent another message on Sunday, assuring the public that "nothing will happen to our jaguar", and adding that it's "not a wild animal's fault when barriers are crossed".

"There's no way to fix people crossing barriers", said zoo director Mickey Ollson, AzFamily reported in another article.

The zoo later tweeted a response to those concerned about what would happen to the jaguar following the incident.

"The jaguar lets go of the girl somewhat because the claw catches on just her sweater".

"Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there", he said. The zoo issued a statement Monday on Twitter thanking people who supported the company for not euthanizing the jaguar.

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