Woman attacked by jaguar apologizes to Wildlife World Zoo

Woman attacked by jaguar apologizes to Wildlife World Zoo

Woman attacked by jaguar apologizes to Wildlife World Zoo

She's a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe- not a wild animals fault when barriers are crossed. It is unclear if she stuck her hand through the cage but witnesses said the creature's claws reached through the metal barrier and clamped around the woman's arm, causing her to shriek in pain.

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar", the zoo writes.

The woman was admitted to the hospital with her arm in "pretty bad shape", according to medical responders.

According to a zoo spokeswoman, the double-barrier system meets USDA guidelines for predators such as jaguars, NBC News reported. "Sending prayers to the family tonight".

The woman, who was in her 30s, later apologized for what she did, according to Kristy Morcum, a spokeswoman for the zoo, who said the woman "feels disgusting about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident". The woman then tried to wrench it out of the jaguar's grip. Wilkerson said he heard screams for help and didn't think when he ran to help the woman.

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Bystanders were able to pull the woman to safety by distracting the cat with a plastic water bottle. "I saw the other girl up against the fence with her arm caught in the jaguar's claws". The jaguar grabbed the water bottle and let the woman go.

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

Zoo spokesperson Kristy Morcum told the site that the woman "feels frightful about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident", especially since the woman loves the zoo.

Zoo owner Mickey Ollson told AZFamily.com that about a year ago, the big cat scratched another guest who also had crossed the barrier.

Zoo officials later released a statement saying the woman was taking a selfie when the attack occurred.

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