A woman who crossed over a barrier while trying to take a selfie photo at at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park near Northern Avenue and Loop 303 in Litchfield Park, the largest zoo in Arizona, was attacked by a jaguar, in the last weekend.
People threw a water bottle in the cage in an effort to distract the jaguar. She suffered non life threatening injuries to a hand and was taken to a hospital. "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," Zoo officials said in a statement. Wildlife World Zoo won't put down the female jaguar that attacked woman. Authorities don’t think the animal was at fault. „At no time was the animal out of its enclosure," the statement added. The incident is investigated. The facility has more than 600 species and 6,000 animals on display.
The woman, who is in her 30s, returned to the zoo to apologize after she was released from the hospital. „Please understand why barriers are put in place,” was the answer. Jaguars are the largest cat found in the wild in North and South America. Adults range from about 120 to 200 pounds. Wildlife World has both black and spotted jaguars.