LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ (Gray News) – Officials from the Arizona Zoo said that a woman who had crossed a barrier to get caught taking a picture was suffering injuries to the arm injured by a jaguar during an attack.
Fire officials said the 30-year-old woman was trying to take a selfie Saturday night near the Wildlife World zoo's jaguar enclosure in Litchfield Park, Arizona, according to KPHO .
As she did, a jaguar woman tensed and attacked her arm.
Witness Adam Wilkerson, who filmed the incident, said that he and his wife had heard the woman scream for help and rushed to the scene. There, he saw the victim's arm stuck by the claws of the jaguar.
"I could see the claws in his real flesh," Wilkerson told CNN.
Wilkerson's mother managed to distract the jaguar by handing him a bottle of water.
"When my mother put the bottle of water through the door, the jaguar let the girl go. We brought the girl back and she collapsed, "he told CNN.
Wilkerson's video shows the consequences of the attack. The victim is visible on the ground, breathing quickly and moaning in pain. Others surround him, trying to help him tear his arm.
The victim was taken to the hospital, reports KPHO. She should be OK.
Wildlife World Zoo Director Mickey Ollson said the 4 to 5 year old jaguar would not be euthanized because it "was not the fault of the animal," according to KNXV.
However, officials will check if other obstacles need to be put in place.
This is not the first time that the female jaguar hurts a visitor to the zoo. Ollson said about a year ago that he had scratched another person who had crossed the fence.
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