Animals, Culture, Selfie, Zoo

The jaguar who attacked woman taking a selfie won’t be put down

This is not the Wildlife World Zoo’s jaguar.

Image: Matthias Graben/imageBROKER/Shutterstock

Good news everyone: The jaguar who attacked a woman taking a selfie will live. 

The woman reportedly crossed over a barrier near the jaguar enclosure at the Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona on Saturday to take a photo with the cats when one reached out and slashed her arm. Paramedics took her to a nearby hospital to treat the non life-threatening injuries, according to a statement from the zoo. 

“Please understand why barriers are put in place,” the zoo tweeted. “Sending prayers to the family tonight.”

In the comments of a Fox 10 Phoenix video that showed the aftermath of the incident (content warning for gruesome imagery), Twitter users shamed the woman and threatened to boycott the zoo if they put the jaguar down. 

But the Wildlife World Zoo assured its followers that the jaguar won’t be euthanized. 

Others thanked the zoo for protecting the jaguar, who was just trying to defend her territory.

According to AZ Central, the local Sheriff’s has not yet said whether the woman would be charged or cited for crossing the boundaries. 

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