Injured woman apologizes to Arizona zoo after jaguar attack

Leroy Wright
March 12, 2019

"She won't be put down", the zoo tweeted in response to someone's inquiry about the animal.

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar".

Shawn Gilleland of the Rural Metro Fire Department told PEOPLE that the woman was transported to a hospital following the incident, where she was treat for lacerations to her arm and hand.

After this latest jaguar incident, people immediately began raising concerns about the fate of the jaguar, but the zoo responded quickly to quell those fears. "Still sending prayers to her and her family", the zoo posted on late Saturday evening.

A woman who was grabbed by a jaguar while reportedly attempting to take a selfie at an Arizona zoo has apologized for the incident, according to local reports.

Upon seeing the foreign object, the jaguar loosened its grip on the woman's arm, snagging only her orange sweatshirt. "So I grab the girl on her torso, and I pull her back".

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Moments after the animal lashed out, the video shows the woman laying on the floor in considerable pain.

"So at that point, I see that it's no longer attached to the girl's actual arm, only her sweater", he recalled. While standing right next to the jaguar enclosure, the cat reached through the cage and pinned the woman, piercing her arm with its claw.

"The person involved met privately with zoo officials to acknowledge her regret for her role in the past weekend's event", said the statement, which wasn't attributed to a specific person.

She returned to the zoo on Sunday to express regret for her actions, saying she loved the zoo and "feels disgusting about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident".

Zoo owner Mickey Ollson told AZFamily.com that about a year ago, the big cat scratched another guest who also had crossed the barrier.

The incident happened Saturday just before the zoo closed.

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