Selfie-Taking Woman Apologizes After Jaguar Attack At Arizona Zoo

Selfie-Taking Woman Apologizes After Jaguar Attack At Arizona Zoo

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.

Officials have released the 911 call after a jaguar attacked a woman at the Wildlife World Zoo near Phoenix.

The woman also admitted she was in the wrong.

Zoo officials said the woman received several stitches at a nearby hospital but was not kept overnight.

"The visitor sustained non-life-threatening injuries to their arm from one of our female jaguars", the zoo tweeted after the incident. "That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble". It is unclear if she stuck her hand through the cage but witnesses said the creature's claws reached through the metal barrier and clamped around the woman's arm, causing her to shriek in pain.

On Sunday, the woman returned to the zoo, reports AZFamily.com, to speak with the zoo's owner and apologize for her actions.

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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. 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.

Zoo spokeswoman Kristy Morcum said that the woman "feels frightful about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident".

Aftermath: "This is the second time the female jaguar has swiped at someone this month", Wildlife World Zoo Director Mickey Ollson told ABC15.

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".

Wilkerson said he heard screams for help and didn't think when he ran to help the woman.

Last summer, a male jaguar escaped from an enclosure at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and went on a rampage, killing nine other animals at the zoo: five alpaca, three foxes and an emu.

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