What happened: The zoo said the woman crossed over a barrier to snap a photo of herself and the female jaguar Saturday night. "Still sending prayers to her and her family", Wildlife World Zoo officials tweeted Sunday. Zoo officials said she required several stitches to treat her wounds.
A jaguar won't be punished for a woman whose selfie went horribly wrong. They added the jaguar never left her cage and the woman was never in the animal's enclosure.
The woman was transported to the hospital after the incident.
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.
"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar". Now she's apologizing for the incident.
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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.
"She took her one paw off and grabbed the bottle with her mouth, but her other paw was stuck on the lady's shirt", said Michele Flores, who helped rescue her. "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".
Wilkerson said he heard screams for help and didn't think when he ran to help the woman.
Zoo spokeswoman Kristy Morcum said that the woman "feels terrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident".
"There's no way to fix people crossing barriers", zoo director Mickey Ollson, told KTVK.
Witness Adam Wilkerson told AZFamily, "My mom runs up and takes her water bottle and shoves it through the cage near where the jaguar is, and the jaguar goes to let go of the girl to take the water bottle, and the claw just catches this girl's sweater".