Women Climbs Barrier To Take Selfie With Jaguar And Gets Attacked At Zoo

A valley girl faces non-life threatening injuries after getting attacked by a jaguar in Wildlife World Zoo at Litchfield Park.

Rural Metro officials affirmed a girl in her 30’s was trying to have a photo close to a weapon of their jaguar enclosure after crossing the barrier once the animal achieved and assaulted her arm. The patient was subsequently carried to the hospital and was treated for the injuries.

WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO

***WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO***BREAKING: Rural Metro has responded to a report of a woman getting attacked by a jaguar at Wildlife World Zoo.Courtesy: Adam Wilkerson

Posted by FOX 10 Phoenix on Saturday, March 9, 2019

Fox spoke to Adam Wilkerson, the man who took this video. Just to be clear, they helped this woman before shooting the video and waited for first responders to arrive.

“I hear this young girl screaming ‘help, help, help’ and without thinking, I just run over there. I see another girl with her up against the cage of the jaguar and the Jaguar has clasped its claws outside of the cage around her hand and into her flesh,” Wilkerson said.

“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 went on to say. “The jaguar lets go of the girl somewhat because the claw catches on just her sweater. At that moment, I grabbed the girl around the torso and pulled her away from the cage and it unlatches from her claw. The jaguar just goes after the bottle.”

That fast thinking from Wilkerson’s mother might have been the only thing that saved that girl’s life.

Paramedics were called to the zoo and she had been medicated no word yet on how that girl is doing, but we hope she’s recovering just fine.

The Wildlife World Zoo published the following statement Concerning the incident:

“We regret to inform that this evening, before closing there was an incident reported involving a guest, who crossed over the barrier to get a photo, according to eyewitnesses. The visitor sustained non-life threatening injuries to their hand from one of our female jaguars. At the request of the family, paramedics were called. At no time was the animal out of its enclosure. The incident is being fully investigated.” 

Morcom clarified how the barriers for the animal enclosures are set in place for the security of both the animals and guests.

Morcom also stated that at no stage did the jaguar escape from its cage nor did the girl get inside – there were bars between them the entire time. The spokesperson said witnesses are providing varying accounts on when the girl had really put her arm through the cage or just close to it. That’s still under evaluation. However, what is sure – she grabbed the barrier.

According to the Morcom, the barrier meets USDA guidelines and is further away than arms reach

Wildlife World Zoo did respond to queries regarding what could happen to the jaguar, stating the animal won’t be euthanized.

The zoo spokesperson also said the woman attacked apologized for the incident, acknowledging she was in the wrong. She received stitches and is recovering well.

Currently, this female jaguar is not available for viewing at the Wildlife World Zoo.

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