Authorities say a jaguar attacked a woman who crossed a barrier while trying to take a photo Saturday at a wildlife park west of Phoenix. Zoo officials told local news outlets that the woman, who has not been publicly identified, later apologized for her actions. She was treated and released. I rush over and see this girl with her hand up against the Jaguar enclosure fence with a black Jaguar's claws in its grasp.
Following the incident, Kitty Block, the president of The Humane Society of the United States issued a statement calling for zoos to "set a higher standard to protect people and to respect wildlife from a safe distance", the Washington Post reported.
The woman arm wounds caused excruciating pain, but all of her injuries were non-life-threatening. "That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble". She called the whole incident a "crazy accident" and expressed regret at video of the incident hitting the internet.
Wilkerson said his mother threw a water bottle into the cage to distract the jaguar just enough for her to let go of the woman's arm.
"This zoo in particular is a lot more open in terms of how close you can get to these animals", said Wilkerson, describing the barrier as "a little bit above waist height" for him (he is 5 feet 9 inches tall).
"There's no way to fix people crossing barriers", said zoo director Mickey Ollson, AzFamily reported in another article.
Adam Wilkerson, who witnessed the incident along with his mother, said he and his mother heard the woman screaming and ran to help her when they realized what was happening.
"Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there".
Now, the zoo is assuring the public that nothing will happen to the jaguar after the attack.