Jaguar Attacks Woman Who Climbed Zoo Barrier for Selfie

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The jaguar was temporarily removed from the exhibit after the incident. Martin Sachse ullstein bild via Getty Images

An unidentified employee at the zoo tells the 911 dispatcher that a woman was attacked by "one of our jaguars", and her arm is "in pretty bad shape", AzCentral reported on March 10.

Footage of the alarming incident showed how significantly the female jaguar had injured the Arizona zoo's guest.

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 woman, who was in her 30s, later apologized for what she did, according to Kristy Morcum, a spokeswoman for the zoo, who said the woman "feels frightful about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident".

"Lady got what she deserved".

"When my mom put the water bottle through the gate, the jaguar let go of the girl".

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 disgusting about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident".

"She won't be put down", the zoo wrote back. "Still sending prayers to her and her family".

"I hear this young girl screaming, 'help, help, help, ' and without thinking, I just run over there", Adam Wilkerson, who was at the zoo, told a local news station. 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.

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar", the zoo said in a tweet in response to concerned members of the public.

Representatives of the zoo said the woman, who is in her 30s and whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and that zoo officials are investigating the incident.

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

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