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“Please understand why barriers are put in place. Sending prayers to the family tonight.”
The Litchfield Park zoo says that same evening a female guest crossed a barrier in an attempt to take a photo of a jaguar and was attacked, sustaining non-life threatening injuries on one arm. The animal was in its enclosure the entire time, the zoo pointed out.
Local officials clarified it wasn’t just a photo, but a selfie: The woman was “attempting to take a selfie near the fence of the jaguar enclosure when the cat reached out and attacked her arm.”
A witness tells KPHO that after hearing the 30-something woman’s screams, he and his family ran over and distracted the animal with a water bottle. “And the jaguar goes to let go of the girl to take the water bottle, and the claw just catches this girl’s sweater.
So at that point I see that it’s no longer attached to the girl’s actual arm, only on her sweater, so I grab the girl on her torso and I pull her back.”
Paramedics were called, and the moral of the story is: respect these animals and their territory. Don’t be stupid.
Edited from Newser.