A Phoenix woman is recovering from scratches and bites, after she was attacked by a jaguar. The woman reportedly entered the jaguar's cage, and tried to take a selfie with the animal, when she was attacked.
The woman suffered serious injuries to her arm after being attacked yesterday by a jaguar at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park, in Phoenix.
The zoo said the woman climbed into the cage in an attempt to get a photo for her social media page.
"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," Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park said in a statement. "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 zookeeper added. "The incident is being fully investigated."
Here's the video of the aftermath of the attack:
According to a report from CNN:
Adam Wilkerson said he was at the zoo with his family when someone came running around the corner yelling for help.
"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.
Wilkerson said he was standing behind the woman, but didn't want to pull her off. "I could see the claws in her actual flesh," he said.
In an effort to distract the jaguar, Wilkerson said, his mother ran up behind him and shoved her water bottle through the cage. The bottle distracted the jaguar, and it let go of the victim.