Zoo Confirms They Won't Put Down Panther After It Attacks Woman Who Crossed Barrier To Take Selfie

Zoo Confirms They Won’t Put Down Panther After It Attacks Woman Who Crossed Barrier To Take Selfie

Zoo Confirms They Won’t Put Down Panther After It Attacks Woman Who Crossed Barrier To Take Selfie

    You may remember that, at the start of this week, we brought you the story of a woman in Arizona who was lucky to be alive after being attacked by a jaguar at the Wildlife World Zoo in Phoenix over the weekend.

    The unnamed woman, who is in her 30s, was at the zoo when she decided to take a selfie with the big cat. To get the perfect picture, she made an imprudent choice: she hopped the barrier separating her and the jaguar and approached the animal.

    And why on earth would she do this, you might ask? To take a better selfie.

    The panther, sensing a threat, pounced at the woman, striking her arm with its massive claws and penetrating deeply into her flesh. The woman began to scream, alerting other zoo visitors who saw the animal push her up against the fence of the enclosure.

    One man, Adam Wilkerson, was enjoying the zoo with his family when he heard the screams, and ran over to help.

    “Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there,” he said. “I saw the other girl up against the fence with her arm caught in the jaguar’s claws. I could see the claws in her actual flesh.”

    Athough Wilkerson wanted to help, he was also worried that he would make the situation worse if he attempted to pull the woman away.

    Finally, his mother ran to the fence and shoved her water bottle through, hoping to distract the animal.



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