Zoo: Woman attacked by jaguar apologizes to Phoenix facility

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A woman on a trip to an Arizona zoo with her son and grandchildren reacted swiftly when a jaguar attacked another visitor who had crossed a barrier to take a selfie with the wild animal. "I saw the other girl up against the fence with her arm caught in the jaguar's claws", Wilkerson told CNN.

Kristy Morcum, a spokeswoman for the zoo, told the news outlet that the woman loved the zoo and "feels terrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident". The jaguar will not be put down.

Kristy Morcum, spokesperson for Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, told Azfamily that the woman returned to the park and apologized, saying she "feels terrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident". Officials said the attack is under investigation but noted that the animal was not outside her enclosure at any time.

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CBS News reports that the woman received stitches on Sunday and later met with the zoo on Sunday and apologized for her action. According to AzFamily, she has since apologized to the zoo for getting too close.

Witnesses told zoo officials the woman had "crossed over the barrier" to get her picture.

A jaguar that attacked a woman who posed outside its zoo enclosure in Arizona will not be put down, zoo officials said.

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She was treated at the scene before being taken to a hospital with "stable, non-life-threatening injuries", Gilleland said. "I could see the claws in her actual flesh".

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar", the zoo said in a tweet in response to concerned members of the public.

At no time was the jaguar loose. In another statement, the zoo thanked everyone who supported its decision not to euthanize the animal and said they were open to welcoming the woman back to the zoo.

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Michele Flores said Monday she grabbed a water bottle from a stroller and put it through an enclosure, distracting the jaguar.

"She's a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe", the zoo tweeted.

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