Woman mauled by Jaguar after hopping barrier at Arizona zoo for ‘selfie’

Brian Niemietz, New York Daily News

A woman who crossed a zoo barrier to take a selfie with a jaguar was predictably hospitalized Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz.

“There’s no way to fix people crossing barriers,” Wildlife World Zoo director Mickey Ollson told Azfamily.com. “We put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble.”

The unnamed woman, reportedly in her 30s, suffered a cut on her arm and is expected to recover. A video taken in the aftermath of the attack shows the woman screaming in pain.

“The visitor sustained non-life threatening injuries to their arm from one of our female jaguars,” the zoo confirmed on Twitter. “At no time was the animal out of its enclosure.”

According to Ollson, the same jaguar also scratched a visitor who entered the wild cat’s enclosure a couple years ago.

The zoo wrote on Twitter Sunday that the animal would not be euthanized.

Jaguars are the largest wildcats indigenous to the western hemisphere with female cats weighing between 79 and 172 pounds, according to Wikipedia. The formidable feline bites with more pounds of pressure than any cat other than lions and tigers. Jaguar attacks on human beings are rare.

“An individual jaguar can drag an 800 lb. bull 25 ft in its jaws and pulverize the heaviest bones,” according to the National Audubon Society.


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