Arizona Zoo Says Jaguar That Attacked Woman Won’t Be Put Down

Graphic video taken by another park guest captured the woman screaming in pain after sustaining a deep wound to her arm

Adam Wilkerson said he was at the zoo with his family when someone came running around the corner yelling for help.

The zoo also asked people to understand why barriers are put in place and offering prayers to the family of the woman who suffered a non-life-threatening injury in the incident.

The woman, who is in her 30s, was taken to the hospital and is expected to survive, CNN affiliate KPHO reported.

Zoo officials in Arizona say a woman who crossed over a barrier to get a photo sustained non-life-threatening injuries to her arm when a jaguar attacked.

"The jaguar has clasped its claws outside of the cage around her hand and into her flesh", he said.

The fire department said that the woman would need treatment for her injuries.

This image shows the jaguar at Wildlife World Zoo on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

"Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there", said Wilkerson. "The jaguar just goes after the bottle".

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"My mom thinks of how to distract the jaguar and she grabs her water bottle and she shoves it through the cage, right near where the jaguar is", Wilkerson continued. At the request of the family, paramedics were called. Last July, a jaguar escaped its enclosure at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans during off hours and killed nine other animals, including three foxes, five alpacas and an emu.

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

Witnesses told officials that they saw her cross the barrier for the photo, according to the report.

No employees witnessed the incident either, according to Wilkerson. "But again, when people do not respect the barriers, there's always a chance there might be a problem".

This is the second time the 4- to 5-year-old female jaguar has swiped at someone who crossed the barrier, Wildlife World Zoo Director Mickey Ollson told ABC15.

The incident took place at World Wildlife Zoo, Aquarium, and Safari Park in Litchfield, Park, Ariz. on Saturday.

Litchfield Park is about 20 miles from Phoenix.

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