An unfortunate incident happened at an Arizona zoo on Saturday when a visitor was attacked by a jaguar while attempting to snap a photo with the animal.
According to Wildlife World Zoo officials the woman climbed over a safety barrier to get her coveted selfie and got deep lacerations on her arm instead when the animal struck out at her.
While no one should take pleasure in another person’s suffering, because the woman instigated the dangerous situation, most people were firmly on Team Jaguar.
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
Woman survives jaguar attack at a zoo in Phoenix. Witnesses say she jumped a barrier to get closer to the cage to take a selfie. pic.twitter.com/mg6L3RNHSe— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 11, 2019
Despite her injuries there wasn’t much sympathy for the woman who crossed the zoo barrier.
She leaned over the barrier to take a selfie. The Jaguar didn't do anything wrong unless you count keeping Blake Bortles at QB. https://t.co/A2gdnjvFK2— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) March 11, 2019
Some people really should be dropped in a jaguar enclosure.— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) March 11, 2019
She climbed over the barrier— Mr. Weeks ?? (@MrDane1982) March 11, 2019
All for a social media picture, she entered the jaguar space.
They better not kill tbis jaguar.
sympathy, none. https://t.co/EcmXateMh0
The Jaguar when she stepped from behind the Barrier pic.twitter.com/YkDCj5Fbgr— Justin?? (@JustoniMacaroni) March 11, 2019
I’m white but not *climbs into a cage with a bloodthirsty jaguar for a selfie* white— Casey AF (@JustCaseyAF) March 11, 2019
I can’t believe these things need to be said but here we are— Otter Pharm (@PharmOtter) March 11, 2019
1.) vaccines are safe
2.) jaguars are not safe
Thank you for coming to my TED talk
People expressed worry that the animal would suffer possibly deadly consequences for the human’s reckless actions.
Please don’t do anything to that animal. It’s not the Jaguars fault that she crossed the barrier.— Deana Swift (@DeanaD11) March 10, 2019
It strongly recalls the story of Harambe the gorilla who was put down after a child fell into his enclosure and was dragged around by the animal. The good news in this case is that the woman’s injuries weren’t life-threatening and the zoo has confirmed that the jaguar will not be put down or punished for attacking the intruder.
The woman involved in the incident has since apologized to the zoo.
We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar. She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe- not a wild animals fault when barriers are crossed. Still sending prayers to her and her family.— Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park (@ZooWildlife) March 10, 2019
She won’t be put down.— Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park (@ZooWildlife) March 10, 2019
Zoo says jaguar that injured woman taking selfie will not be put down - Good! People can be idiots https://t.co/WNTXFfL86n— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) March 11, 2019
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