Woman mauled by jaguar while taking a selfie apologizes to zoo

Woman mauled by jaguar while taking a selfie apologizes to zoo

Woman mauled by jaguar while taking a selfie apologizes to zoo

The Washington Post reports the publicly unnamed woman, who is in her 30s, climbed over a barrier on Saturday to get closer to the jaguar's enclosure to get a photo.

She returned to the zoo on Sunday to express regret for her actions, saying she loved the zoo and "feels frightful about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident".

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 terrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident". Now she's apologizing for the incident.

Other zoo visitors managed to distract the jaguar with a water bottle enough to allow the woman to be pulled away from the cage. "If you put the jaguar down, I'll NEVER go there again", wrote a woman on Twitter.

Michele Flores was at the zoo with her son and grandkids when she saw the attack.

The woman also admitted she was in the wrong.

Video of the aftermath shows the woman with a deep gash in her arm writhing on the ground and moaning in pain.

Adam Wilkerson, another eyewitness, said he heard yelling for help and ran to see what was happening.

"My mom runs up and takes her water bottle and shoves it through the cage near where the jaguar is, and the jaguar goes to let go of the girl to take the water bottle, and the claw just catches this girl's sweater", Wilkerson told AZFamily. "I could see the claws in her actual flesh".

The woman later characterized the incident as a "crazy accident" rather than an attack, but didn't admit to crossing the barrier, CBS noted.

"The visitor sustained non-life threatening injuries to their arm from one of our female jaguars. At the request of the family, paramedics were called". "Please understand why barriers are put in place", officials tweeted. The zoo issued a statement Monday on Twitter thanking people who supported the company for not euthanizing the jaguar.

"People get the mistaken idea that wild animals are approachable", Kitty Block said in a statement.

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