Jaguar that attacked selfie-taking U.S. woman won't be put down


The woman jumped a barrier at the Litchfield Park zoo and reached out to take a selfie when the big cat dug her claws into the visitor's hand.

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.

"Wildlife World staff and administrators appreciate her honest apology and we look forward to welcoming her and her family back at a future date", the zoo said. However, she was released shortly after with a series of stitches.

Upon seeing the foreign object, the jaguar loosened its grip on the woman's arm, snagging only her orange sweatshirt.

Flores then took the woman's sleeve to pull her away from the animal. One of the female jaguars attacked the woman, leaving her with "non-life threatening injuries" to her arm. You can see the jaguar in question chewing on the water bottle at the top of this article.

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The woman said she loved the zoo and "feels awful about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident", spokeswoman Kristy Morcum told the outlet. Instead, she framed the incident as a "crazy accident", CBS reported. "If you put the jaguar down, I'll NEVER go there again", wrote a woman on Twitter.

On Twitter and in news reports, the zoo said the jaguar will not be euthanized following the incident. "She's a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe ... not a wild animal's fault when barriers are crossed".

Adam Wilkerson, who witnessed the incident along with his mother, said he and his mother heard the woman screaming and ran to help her when they realized what was happening.

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.

Now, the zoo is assuring the public that nothing will happen to the jaguar after the attack.

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