Call Released After Jaguar Attacks Woman at Arizona Zoo

Erika Holt
March 12, 2019

If it weren't for my mom's quick-thinking with the water bottle that Jaguar would not have let go of the poor girl's arm.

The employee then described her breathing as "all right", saying she is in her 30s.

In their statement, the zoo said the incident "is being fully investigated" and that they found "at no time was the animal out of its enclosure". While standing right next to the jaguar enclosure, the cat reached through the cage and pinned the woman, piercing her arm with its claw. According to AzFamily, she has since apologized to the zoo for getting too close.

Zoo spokesperson Kristy Morcum told the site that the woman "feels terrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident", especially since the woman loves the zoo.

"Lady got what she deserved".

A woman was attacked by a jaguar as she was apparently trying to get a photo outside the big cat's enclosure at Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona, authorities said.

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Jaguar attacks woman trying to take photo at Arizona zoo
Wilkerson, who said he did't know how the woman got so close, said there were no zoo employees nearby when the attack happened. At the request of the family, paramedics were called. "We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar", the zoo said.

At this point, another patron intervened by stuffing a half-empty water bottle through the cage to distract the jaguar.

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar", the zoo writes. "Sending prayers to the family tonight".

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

Wildlife World Zoo announced the incident on Twitter, urging visitors to "please understand why barriers are put in place". "And we pulled the girl back and she collapsed", Adam Wilkerson told the station.

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".

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

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