Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Woman attacked by jaguar apologizes to Wildlife World Zoo

Woman attacked by jaguar apologizes to Wildlife World Zoo

"Wildlife world staff and administrators appreciate her honest apology and we look forward to welcoming her and her family back at a future date", Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park officials wrote on Twitter.

And, in a separate interview with CBS News, the woman said she wasn't "attacked", but instead called the incident a "crazy accident".

A witness told CNN that his mom distracted the jaguar with a water bottle during the attack and the animal let go of the woman's arm. 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.

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

The woman apologized to the zoo after the incident was over, although she did not admit to climbing over the concrete barrier.

"So at that point, I see that it's no longer attached to the girl's actual arm, only her sweater", he recalled.

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Wilkerson, who captured some of the aftermath on video, added that the woman was "lying on the ground, screaming in agony".

"There's no way to fix people crossing barriers", said zoo director Mickey Ollson, AzFamily reported in another article. "The jaguar just goes after the bottle".

"Jaguars are opportunistic hunters that prey on more than 85 species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature".

"People get the mistaken idea that wild animals are approachable", Block added.

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar".

In response to multiple inquiries on Twitter about what would happen to the jaguar, the zoo said she would not be put down and that it is not the animal's fault when barriers are crossed. "Not a wild animals fault when barriers are crossed".

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