Woman taking selfie attacked by jaguar at Wildlife World Zoo

A jaguar paces back and forth in its cage in the Phoenix zoo in Phoenix Arizona on Dec. 23 2017

A jaguar paces back and forth in its cage in the Phoenix zoo in Phoenix Arizona on Dec. 23 2017. Andrew Lichtenstein—Corbis via Getty Images

An eyewitness Adam Wilkerson recalled the moment to a news channel and said he heard somebody running over and shouting for help.

"I rush over and see this girl with her hand up against jaguar enclosure fence with a black jaguar's claws in [it] ... it seems like pandemonium". His mother then came up behind him and pushed her water bottle through to the jaguar's cage.

The jaguar let go after a witness distracted it with a bottle. "And we pulled the girl back and she collapsed", he said.

Ollson said it's the second time that the jaguar has attacked someone who crossed the barrier, however. "At the request of the family, paramedics were called".

The jaguar did not escape its enclosure at any time during the attack.

The park will consider putting in place additional barriers to avoid similar incidents. There, he saw the victim's arm caught by the jaguar's claws.

Wildlife World Zoo Director Mickey Ollson says the 4-to-5-year-old jaguar will not be euthanized because it "was not the animal's fault", according to KNXV.

The woman needed medical attention but is expected to be okay. "Sending prayers to the family tonight", the zoo tweeted. Cellphone video later showed the animal chewing on a plastic water bottle.

No employees witnessed the incident either, according to Wilkerson.

The social accounts of Arizona's Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park were pushed into high gear as media staff attempted to explain how the incident occurred.

"She's a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe", the tweet read. "Still sending prayers to her and her family".

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

Litchfield Park, where the zoo is located, is about 20 miles from Phoenix in Arizona.

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