News & Opinion | March 11, 2019 4:32 pm

Woman Attacked by Jaguar Apologizes to the Arizona Zoo

The zoo visitor was taking a selfie when she was attacked.

According to zoo officials, the woman who was attacked by a jaguar at an Arizona zoo has apologized and admitted fault, CNN reports.

The zoo official said “[the woman] feels horrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident.”

The visitor said she was trying to take a selfie near the fence when the wild animal reached out and attacked her arm.

“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. At no time was the animal out of its enclosure… please understand why barriers are put in place. Sending prayers to the family tonight,” the Wildlife World Zoo said in a statement.

Another park visitor saw the attack and the “actual flesh” of the woman’s arm: “Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there,” he said. “I saw the other girl up against the fence with her arm caught in the jaguar’s claws.”

The woman was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

Many animal lovers were more concerned for the jaguar than the rule-breaking park goer.

“We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar,” the zoo said. “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. Still sending prayers to her and her family.”