Updated: Apr 10, 2019
By Ann Friend
On Saturday, a woman at a zoo in Arizona, was attacked by a jaguar after reportedly climbing over the barrier to take a selfie.
At ‘Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park’, bystanders witnessed a woman going through the barrier between the people and the jaguar. People say the reason for her going over the barrier was to take a picture of or with the jaguar. As soon as the jaguar grabbed the woman’s arm, one of the bystanders starts yelling for help, and that’s when a man named Adam Wilkerson ran over with his mother to see what was going on. Wilkerson stated, “Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there...I saw the other girl up against the fence with her arm caught in the jaguar's claws.” He claims he didn’t want to grab the woman because he could see the jaguars claws in the woman’s flesh. His mother then grabbed a water bottle, and successfully distracted the jaguar, who finally let the woman’s arm go. After it let go of the woman, Wilkerson and his mother pull the woman out of the cage, and contacted the authorities.
The zoo has officially stated that they will not be putting the jaguar down, as “She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe- not a wild animals fault when barriers are crossed.” The woman who was attacked also stated that the attack was not the animals fault, and that she did not get into the cage to take a picture. She has not told the public the exact reason for getting into the cage, but she has apologized to the zoo for the bad publicity.