A woman has been mauled by a jaguar over the weekend, after crossing a safety barrier to get a ‘selfie’.
It’s believed the woman – aged in her 30s – climbed over a barrier at a zoo in the United States to get closer to the wild animal, for a perfect photo opportunity.
While the large cat was not outside its cage at any point, it was apparently able to reach through the bars to grab the woman.
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Local media reports that witnesses heard loud screaming, before seeing the woman’s arm being mauled through the fence of the enclosure.
Apparently a relative of the selfie taker then threw a water bottle into the enclosure to distract the animal, which then released its grip of the girl.
The Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona confirmed in a post on Twitter that nothing will happen to the jaguar as a result of the attack.
“”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.
“please understand why barriers are put in place.
“Sending prayers to the family tonight,” the zoo’s tweet read.
Please understand why barriers are put in place. Sending prayers to the family tonight. pic.twitter.com/2MPb8bXhwR
— Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park (@ZooWildlife) March 10, 2019
#BREAKING: Rural Metro has responded to a report of a woman getting attacked by a jaguar at Wildlife World Zoo.
Courtesy: Adam Wilkerson pic.twitter.com/PMUFL5BWUy
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) March 10, 2019