Rural Metro Fire officials said the woman, in her 30s, was trying to take a photo of herself near the fence of the jaguar enclosure at the Wildlife World Zoo in Maricopa County on Saturday evening when the animal swiped at her arm, local outlets reported.
A spokeswoman for Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park said the woman, who suffered deep cuts, came back to the facility and said she felt bad about the publicity it was getting.
Officials told AZFamily.com the unnamed woman had jumped the first of two barriers to the cat's enclosure while "attempting to take a selfie" when the animal attacked. "Still sending prayers to her and her family". She apologized and admitted fault, Mocum added.
"There's no way to fix people crossing barriers", zoo director Mickey Ollson, told KTVK.
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House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney of Wisconsin slammed it as a "sham" resolution. "I think it strengthened it". She continued: "Our nation is having a hard conversation and we believe this is great progress".
On a visit to the zoo in Litchfield Park, about 20 miles west of Phoenix, on Saturday, the woman climbed over a low concrete wall to pose for a picture against the steel fencing surrounding the jaguar exhibit. However, she was released shortly after with a series of stitches. After this latest jaguar incident, people immediately began raising concerns about the fate of the jaguar, but the zoo responded quickly to quell those fears. "She's a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe ... not a wild animal's fault when barriers are crossed". "That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble".
"The jaguar lets go of the girl somewhat because the claw catches on just her sweater".
"I hear this young girl screaming, 'Help, help, help, ' and without thinking, I just run over there".
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.