A woman was attacked by a jaguar at an Arizona zoo on Saturday after leaning over the enclosure’s barrier to take a selfie.
Fire officials in Litchfield Park, Ariz. said that the visitor, who is in her 30s, sustained non-life-threatening injuries at the Wildlife World Zoo, according to Arizona’s CBS5 news.
The officials said she was “attempting to take a selfie near the fence of the Jaguar enclosure when the cat reached out and attacked her arm.”
Wildlife World Zoo director Mickey Ollson told the station that there is “no way to fix people crossing barriers.”
“That happens occasionally,” Ollson said. “And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble.”
The zoo confirmed the incident in a tweet, saying that the animal was “at no time” out of its enclosure, and urged visitors to “please understand why barriers are put in place.”
Video of the incident taken by another zoo visitor shows the woman on the ground following the attack.
“She was lying on the ground screaming in agony,” the visitor who took the video wrote in a post.
Zoo director Ollson told CBS5 that this is the second time that jaguar has attacked a visitor who crossed the enclosure barrier, but that the earlier incident was not as serious.
The woman is expected to recover.
source: The Hill