A jaguar attacked a woman who allegedly broke through a fence while she was attempting to take a picture Saturday in a wildlife park in the Phoenix area, according to fire department officials.

Metro firefighter crews responded to "an article about a lady attacked by a jaguar" at approximately 6:40 pm at the Wildlife World Zoo, Litchfield Park Aquarium and Safari Park, said Shawn Gilleland, spokesperson for Rural Metro Fire.

The teams found a woman at the zoo with lacerations on her arm and she was taken to the hospital, said Gilleland.

Zoo officials issued a statement Saturday on the incident.

"We regret to inform you that tonight, before the closing of the offices, an incident involving a guest would have crossed the barrier to take a picture, according to eyewitnesses," according to the email of Kristy Morcom, spokesman for the Wildlife. Zoo of the world.

"The visitor was wounded by hand by one of our jaguars. At the request of the family, paramedics were called. At no time was the animal removed from its enclosure, "the statement said.

The incident is currently under investigation, according to the zoo.

The zoo is a USDA-approved private facility, accredited by the Zoological Association of America and by the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, according to its website. The facility has more than 600 species and 6,000 animals on display, says the website.

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