Monday, March 11th 2019, 7:03 pm - The zoo confirms that the animal was in the enclosure the entire time
A woman required medical treatment after a jaguar attacked her when she crossed over the safety barrier to try to take a selfie with it.
The woman has since visited the zoo to apologize for her actions, and for the negative press that the zoo has received. The zoo has confirmed that the jaguar will not be put down as a result of the incident.
The encounter between the woman and the jaguar occured at the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, and it is reported that no employees were around the animal enclosure when the incident took place.
As reported by CNN, the woman is in her 30s and was taken to the hospital on Saturday night. An eye witness told CNN that he saw the woman's arm trapped in the jaguar's claws, and the animals teeth had dug into the flesh.
Observers were concerned that pulling the woman off of the jaguar could make the situation more dangerous, so another witness threw a water bottle into the enclosure to distract the animal, who then let go of the woman.
The zoo has tweeted a statement about the incident, and comments included asking the public to understand why safety barriers are put in place, and that the animal remain in the enclosure the entire time.