A jaguar that attacked a woman at a U.S. zoo after she jumped a barrier to take a selfie with the animal will not be put down, officials said. "Sending prayers to the family tonight". The zoo says she admitted she was wrong. I rush over and see this girl with her hand up against the Jaguar enclosure fence with a black Jaguar's claws in its grasp. The woman had climbed over a concrete barrier to get closer to the animal to snap a selfie with her smartphone.
Zoo officials said the woman received several stitches at a nearby hospital but was not kept overnight.
A spokesman for a local police department confirmed that the woman was trying to take a selfie near the jaguar enclosure when one reached out and clawed her.
"Please understand why barriers are put in place", officials tweeted.
"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar". Instead, she framed the incident as a "crazy accident", CBS reported.
Witnesses told zoo officials the woman had "crossed over the barrier" to get her picture.
Officials with Wildlife World Zoo said in a statement that a guest was injured by a female jaguar at the zoo in Litchfield Park, not far from Phoenix.
On Twitter, many expressed concern for the jaguar, and some drew comparisons to a similar incident in 2016, when a 3-year-old boy slipped into an enclosure and was dragged by a gorilla named Harambe, resulting in the animal's being shot and killed by zoo workers.
Adam Wilkerson, who was at the zoo with his mother and two sons, said his mother successfully distracted the jaguar by shoving a water bottle into the cage.
The zoo sent another message on Sunday, assuring the public that "nothing will happen to our jaguar", and adding that it's "not a wild animal's fault when barriers are crossed".
"I hear this young girl screaming, 'Help, help, help, ' and without thinking, I just run over there". "The jaguar just goes after the bottle". The zoo issued a statement Monday on Twitter thanking people who supported the company for not euthanizing the jaguar.