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Jaguar claws Arizona woman who climbed the zoo barrier to take a selfie

(Reuters) – A Jaguar complained to an Arizona woman who climbed over a barrier to take a picture of the Wildlife World Zoo near Phoenix, officials and zoo insured animal lovers said the big cat would not be put down. The mobile video of the incident showed at least one blow on the woman's left forearm as she twisted the ground in pain on Saturday. "I hear this young girl screaming:" Help, help, help "… and the jaguar has snapped her claws outside the cage around her hand and in her flesh," Adam Wilkerson told Fox 10 TV. Wilkerson's mother distracted the jaguar by pushing a water bottle through the cage and Wilkerson said he pulled the woman away. Mobile phone videos later showed that the animal was chewing on a plastic bottle. The woman's identity, during the 30s, was held, said Shawn Gilleland, a spokesman for Rural Metro Fire, the agency that responded to the incident. She was taken to a hospital and was treated and later returned to the zoo to apologize, Gilleland said. "She wanted to take a selfie or a picture of the animal, and she put her arm so close to the cage that the cat could reach her," Gilleland said. In the zoo statement, the female jaguar is said to have never left her case and the event was fully investigated. The Jaguar who attacked a woman plays with a plastic bottle at Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, USA on March 9,…

(Reuters) – A Jaguar complained to an Arizona woman who climbed over a barrier to take a picture of the Wildlife World Zoo near Phoenix, officials and zoo insured animal lovers said the big cat would not be put down.

The mobile video of the incident showed at least one blow on the woman’s left forearm as she twisted the ground in pain on Saturday.

“I hear this young girl screaming:” Help, help, help “… and the jaguar has snapped her claws outside the cage around her hand and in her flesh,” Adam Wilkerson told Fox 10 TV.

Wilkerson’s mother distracted the jaguar by pushing a water bottle through the cage and Wilkerson said he pulled the woman away. Mobile phone videos later showed that the animal was chewing on a plastic bottle.

The woman’s identity, during the 30s, was held, said Shawn Gilleland, a spokesman for Rural Metro Fire, the agency that responded to the incident.

She was taken to a hospital and was treated and later returned to the zoo to apologize, Gilleland said.

“She wanted to take a selfie or a picture of the animal, and she put her arm so close to the cage that the cat could reach her,” Gilleland said.

In the zoo statement, the female jaguar is said to have never left her case and the event was fully investigated.

The Jaguar who attacked a woman plays with a plastic bottle at Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, USA on March 9, 2019 in this snapshot taken from a social media video on March 10, 2019. Adam Wilkerson via REUTERS

“We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar,” said the zoo on Twitter, responding to general concerns that the animal could be put down.

The barrier surrounds the entire exhibition, creates a multi-meter buffer from the casing, the zoo spokesman Kristy Morcom told Fox 10

“It’s climbing involved. It’s not something that is easily done,” said Morcom. and these barriers are set there for a reason. “

Reporting by Daniel Trotta in New York; Editing by Peter Cooney

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