There are certain rules that have to be followed at a zoo. One lady took no notice of one of the most obvious rules: do not climb over the railing guarding the animal exhibits. Well, that’s exactly what she did at Wildlife World Zoo in Arizona. On March 9th, the woman in her 30s climbed over the rail at a zoo in Arizona and got her phone out for a selfie. The jaguar walked forward and pounced, grabbing on to her shoulders and leaving deep cuts. The woman, who has not been identified, has been taken to the hospital for the lacerations. There was a tweet from one of the officials saying, “Know that the barriers are there for a reason.” The woman was saved by another lady who heard the woman scream. The lady then shoved her water bottle through the cage. The jaguar was distracted for a second and she saw that its claw was only attached to her sweater, so she proceeded to pull the woman back. The owner of the zoo, Mickey Olson, said the wild cat had a previous history of scratching people who crossed the fence.
There has been a long history of people breaking zoo rules, especially getting too close to the animals, which aren’t used to humans being so close to them. The zoo said that nothing will happen to the jaguar, but after this story, nobody will want to break this rule. The zoo is also looking into putting more barriers into place so that people are safer around the wild animals that may harm them. Wild animals aren’t trained to not attack the tourists, and it is certainly not anyone to blame for their instinctual behavior. A person who witnessed the tragic accident got the follow-up of Wilkerson saving the woman on video. The woman was on the ground screaming because of the pain. The Litchfield Park zoo removed the jaguar from its enclosure while investigating. Luckily, the jaguar will not be put down because she was innocent and was only trying to defend herself of what could potentially have been an attack.
The woman who was attacked is being treated for her wounds, which are not fatal, and has apologized to the Arizona zoo. She “feels horrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident.” She admits to knowing that what she did was wrong and is recovering well from her encounter. Zoo rules are there for a reason and are supposed to help tourists not walk down the same path that woman did on March 9th. Everyone learns from their mistakes, and this woman will not forget this one.