The jaguar is the largest cat in the Americas. The jaguar has a compact body, a broad head and powerful jaws. Its coat is normally yellow and tan, but the color can vary from reddish brown to black. Jaguars are fascinating and beautiful animals that are to be seen from a distance. Otherwise it can harm you in no time.
A zoo is a magical place where your child gets to enjoy seeing the majestic creatures. Every zoo has their set of rules and guidelines for their patrons to follow. Zoos build barriers that protect the animal and people that visit. While most people respect the barriers put in place, others see them as an obstacle to overcome. We are sharing a tragic incident happened in the Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona due to the negligence of a woman. The woman wanted to take a selfie with a jaguar, for this reason, she crossed the protective barrier. The female jaguar was reached out and clawed her arm. People standing near her heard her cries and rushed to help. One distracted the jaguar with a water bottle, which caused the cat to release the grip on the woman’s arm. The incident took place on Saturday afternoon.
The woman who was attacked by the zoo jaguar,was taken to the hospital for treatment.
“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. The visitor sustained non-life threatening injuries to their arm from one of our female jaguars. At the request of the family, paramedics were called. At no time was the animal out of its enclosure. The incident is being fully investigated,” said the zoo in a statement.
The zoo tweeted, “Please understand why barriers are put in place. Sending prayers to the family tonight.”
People worried about the jaguar’s life that it would be killed, but the zoo made them sure that the jaguar would not be put to death. “We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar. 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. Still sending prayers to her and her family.” The woman returned to the zoo to apologize for her mistake of crossing the barrier and takes full responsibility of this incident.
Followers commended the zoo for how they handled the situation.
Watch the video taken right after the attack!