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Woman Who Jumped Arizona Zoo’s Barrier To Snap A Photo Is Lucky To Be Alive After Jaguar Attack

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A woman was reportedly injured after she jumped a fence surrounding the jaguar enclosure at Arizona’s Wildlife World Zoo.

The woman was apparently trying to take a selfie with the jaguar when she bypassed barriers to access the enclosure, where she sustained minor injuries from the frightened jaguar.

Fox 10 Phoenix shared a video of the aftermath to theirTwitter page:

The zoo released a statement on Twitter shortly after 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 eye witnesses.”

“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. The incident is being fully investigated.”

Please understand why barriers are put in place. Sending prayers to the family tonight. pic.twitter.com/2MPb8bXhwR

Twitter users were not very sympathetic to the woman’s plight, given that she had willfully crossed a barrier and ended up in the enclosure:

Some people were quite concerned about the health and future of the jaguar, though.

Others demanded the zoo not euthanize the jaguar, who was only acting on instinct.

Several people also called for the woman to face legal or financial consequences for her ill-advised photo shoot.


Mickey Ollson, director of the zoo, told AZfamily.com that:

“There’s no way to fix people crossing barriers. That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble.”

Zoo spokesperson Kristy Morcom told Arizona’s Family Sunday that the jaguar has been removed from the exhibit while the incident is investigated, but the cat will not be euthanized.

The Daily Beast reports that the woman has since returned to the zoo to speak with administrators and has admitted that she was at fault in the incident. She said she loved the zoo and “feels horrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident.”

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Written by Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters

Winona Sioux Christnot-Peters is a writer/web designer and aspiring librarian based in Northern Maine. When not writing or in class, they devote much of their time to multiple non-profit organizations, largely focusing on LGBTQ+ rights and animal welfare. During rare moments of free time Winona enjoys video and tabletop games, as well as various nerdy fiber crafts such as crocheting (mainly amigurumi Pokmon, cat toys, and blankets) and counted cross stitch.