Jaguar Attacks Woman Who Climbed Zoo Barrier for Selfie
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 12, 2019,
Mar 12, 2019, 0:55
The woman, who hasn't been identified, was allegedly trying to take a selfie when she crossed a barrier meant to keep visitors back from the animal's enclosure at Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park on Saturday.
The woman was admitted to the hospital with her arm in "pretty bad shape", according to medical responders.
Wildlife World Zoo officials told social media users the jaguar "won't be put down" after a woman in her 30s suffered injuries to her arm following the Saturday incident.
Please understand why barriers are put in place. "Still sending prayers to her and her family", the zoo posted on late Saturday evening.
According to a zoo spokeswoman, the double-barrier system meets USDA guidelines for predators such as jaguars, NBC News reported.
Flores' son Adam Wilkerson later took widely circulated video showing the injured woman on the ground with deep gashes and blood, writhing in pain.
"My mom runs up and takes her water bottle and shoves it through the cage near where the jaguar is, and the jaguar goes to let go of the girl to take the water bottle, and the claw just catches this girl's sweater", Wilkerson told AZFamily.
"When people do not respect the barriers, there's always a chance there might be a problem", zoo director Mickey Ollson said.
"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar", the zoo told CNN. "That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble".
"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".
The jaguar then grabbed the bottle and walked away.