Woman mauled by jaguar while taking a selfie apologizes to zoo

Woman mauled by jaguar while taking a selfie apologizes to zoo

The woman was transported to the hospital after the incident.

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

Officials have released the 911 call after a jaguar attacked a woman at the Wildlife World Zoo near Phoenix. While standing right next to the jaguar enclosure, the cat reached through the cage and pinned the woman, piercing her arm with its claw.

Meanwhile, witness Adam Wilkerson said, "The claws that were retracted were definitely outside of the cage and grasped around her hand, and she holding her other arm, with her arm attached to the paw just screaming, screaming, screaming, to get out", according to AzFamily.

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. They added the jaguar never left her cage and the woman was never in the animal's enclosure.

"There's no way to fix people crossing barriers", Ollson told the news organization.

The jaguar then grabbed the bottle and walked away.

"Jaguars are opportunistic hunters that prey on more than 85 species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Lions and tigers are the only big cats that are bigger than jaguars, making the felines the biggest in the Americas".

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar", the zoo told CNN.

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". However, it clarified that the animal will not be put down as the incident was not its fault.

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