According to witness accounts, the woman, who has not been identified, on Saturday evening crossed a barrier at the zoo located near Phoenix to take a photo.
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.
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At some point shortly thereafter, the jaguar reached its two front paws outside the cage and grabbed the woman's arm. "Still sending prayers to her and her family", Wildlife World Zoo officials tweeted Sunday.
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Wilkerson said his mother threw a water bottle into the cage to distract the jaguar just enough for her to let go of the woman's arm. "And we pulled the girl back and she collapsed", Adam Wilkerson told the station. They added the jaguar never left her cage and the woman was never in the animal's enclosure. Now she's apologizing for the incident.
"There's no way to fix people crossing barriers", said zoo director Mickey Ollson, AzFamily reported in another article. You can see the jaguar in question chewing on the water bottle at the top of this article. Their habitat ranges from the jungles of Central and South America, where they are considered "near threatened" by the IUCN, to the southern regions of Arizona and New Mexico, where they are listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "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".
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Now, the zoo is assuring the public that nothing will happen to the jaguar after the attack.