Jaguar Attack Victim Apologizes to Zoo, Admits Fault

A woman suffered lacerations on her arm after a jaguar took a swipe at her while she tried to take a selfie with it.							Screenshot from Reddit video

Officials have released the 911 call after a jaguar attacked a woman at the Wildlife World Zoo near Phoenix.

Wildlife World Zoo authorities say emergency responders took the woman to a hospital to treat cuts on one of her arms and hand.

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.

"The person involved met privately with zoo officials to acknowledge her regret for her role in the past weekend's event", said the statement, which wasn't attributed to a specific person.

Shawn Gilleland, a spokesman for Rural Metro Fire who rushed to the scene of the incident, revealed how the guest, "wanted to take a selfie or a picture of the animal, and she put her arm close enough to the cage that the cat was able to reach her". According to a zoo spokeswoman, the double-barrier system meets USDA guidelines for predators such as jaguars, NBC News reported. He said he didn't want to pull her off. One of the female jaguars attacked the woman, leaving her with "non-life threatening injuries" to her arm.

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar".

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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.

Adam Wilkerson, who was at the zoo on Saturday, told FOX10 he heard the woman scream for help. If it weren't for my mom's quick-thinking with the water bottle that Jaguar would not have let go of the poor girl's arm.

The Wildlife World Zoo assured a Twitter user who anxious that the jaguar might be euthanised: "We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar".

He said the animal will not be euthanized because the incident "was not the animal's fault and they would never harm an animal based on human behavior".

In response to multiple inquiries on Twitter about what would happen to the jaguar, the zoo said she would not be put down and that it is not the animal's fault when barriers are crossed.

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