Injured woman apologizes to Arizona zoo after jaguar attack

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The woman, who hasn't been identified, was allegedly trying to take a selfie when she crossed a barrier meant to keep visitors back from the animal's enclosure at Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park on Saturday.

Wilkerson said his mother threw a water bottle into the cage to distract the jaguar just enough for her to let go of the woman's arm.

Shawn Gilleland of the Rural Metro Fire Department told PEOPLE that the woman was transported to a hospital following the incident, where she was treat for lacerations to her arm and hand. The jaguar will not be put down.

Local outlet AZFamily.com, citing a zoo spokeswoman, reported the woman returned to the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park in Litchfield Park, Arizona, near Phoenix on Sunday to meet with the owner.

"The visitor sustained non-life-threatening injuries to their arm from one of our female jaguars", the zoo tweeted after the incident. "Sending prayers to the family tonight".

The jaguar was removed from the exhibit as the zoo investigates what happened, and officials said it won't be put down because it wasn't to blame.

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Wilkerson captured video of the panicked woman in the aftermath of the attack, which was widely distributed to the media. "And we pulled the girl back and she collapsed", Adam Wilkerson told the station.

"There's no way to fix people crossing barriers", Ollson told the news organization.

We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar.

Last summer, a male jaguar escaped from an enclosure at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and went on a rampage, killing nine other animals at the zoo: five alpaca, three foxes and an emu.

"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".

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