Jaguar Attacks Woman Trying to Take Photo at Arizona Zoo

Jaguar Attacks Woman Trying to Take Photo at Arizona Zoo

Jaguar Attacks Woman Trying to Take Photo at Arizona Zoo

"Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there", an eyewitness Adam Wilkerson told CNN.

".I rush over and see this girl with her hand up against the Jaguar enclosure fence with a black jaguar's claws in its grasp", he wrote. "I grabbed it and started to push it into the cage... and so that's when she took her one paw off and grabbed the bottle with the mouth", witness Michele Flores said.

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. "And we pulled the girl back and she collapsed", he said.

A woman from the North-American state of Arizona was attacked by a jaguar at a zoo after she attempted to get a photo with the animal.

The jaguar has previously attacked a visitor who also crossed the barrier. "At the request of the family, paramedics were called". The jaguar has been taken out of the exhibit while the zoo investigates, but officials insist the animal won't be put down because it was not at fault, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner.

The park will consider putting in place additional barriers to avoid similar incidents.

The woman had "crossed over the barrier to get a photo", a spokesperson for Wildlife World Zoo confirmed.

This is not the first time the female jaguar has hurt a park visitor.

The zoo said in a tweet that it was sending prayers to the woman's family.

"She had scratched a person once before when they crossed the barrier", Wildlife World Zoo founder Mickey Ollson said.

No employees witnessed the incident either, according to Wilkerson. "These are wild animals and those barriers are put there for a reason". Sending prayers to the family tonight.

A jaguar walks in a public zoo in Zacango, Mexico, Aug. 17, 2011.

Litchfield Park is about 20 miles from Phoenix.

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