Jaguar attacks a woman taking a selfie at Litchfield Park Wildlife World Zoo


LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ – A woman is recovering from being attacked by a jaguar at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park on Saturday night.

Fire crews from rural areas in the metropolitan area who responded to the scene said the woman was trying to take a selfie near the fence of the jaguar enclosure when the cat attacked her arm.

Officials said that she had been taken to hospital with injuries that did not put her life in danger.

Adam Wilkerson, who recorded the video of the incident, said he was with his mother and two children near the jaguar compound when he heard screaming and saw the claws of the jaguar grab the hand of a woman.

"It looks like a pandemonium. Everyone shouted for help, "he wrote in a Reddit article.

He said his mother had distracted the jaguar with a bottle of water and let him go.

"We are still in shock," he wrote.

"This is the second time that the Jaguar woman is attacking someone," said Mickey Ollson, director of Wildlife World Zoo.

Ollson said the 4 to 5 year old cat would not be euthanized because it "was not for the fault of the animal and that it would never hurt to an animal on the basis of human behavior ".

"I think you're watching the barriers – they're there for a reason, we're trying to protect everybody, we've got an excellent safety record here with all of our animals, and over the last 35 years Wildlife World Zoo has served hundreds of thousands of people and over a million customers with very few injuries and that usually result from a misbehavior of the visitor or a human error.Every time you encounter a incident in a zoo, you will check it out and meet your staff to try to figure out how to prevent this incident from happening again – but again, when people do not respect the barriers, there is always a chance to that there is a problem. "

Zoo officials tweeted the following statement Saturday night:

The Zoo, Aquarium and Wildlife World Safari Park are located at 16501 W. Northern Ave. at Litchfield Park. On its website, it is stated that it contains "the largest collection of exotic and endangered animals, with more than 600 distinct species".

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