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Woman says she distracted jaguar after attack at Arizona zoo

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A woman who was grabbed by a jaguar while reportedly attempting to take a selfie at an Arizona zoo has apologized for the incident, according to local reports.

Wildlife World Zoo announced the incident on Twitter, urging visitors to "please understand why barriers are put in place".

A jaguar that attacked a woman who posed outside its zoo enclosure in Arizona will not be put down, zoo officials said.

At some point shortly thereafter, the jaguar reached its two front paws outside the cage and grabbed the woman's arm. "Sending prayers to the family tonight". "I see another girl with her up against the cage of the jaguar and the jaguar has clasped its claws outside of the cage around her hand and into her flesh", Wilkerson told the news station.

Wilkerson captured video of the panicked woman in the aftermath of the attack, which was widely distributed to the media. They added the jaguar never left her cage and the woman was never in the animal's enclosure.

On Sunday, the woman returned to the zoo, reports AZFamily.com, to speak with the zoo's owner and apologize for her actions.

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"There's no way to fix people crossing barriers", said zoo director Mickey Ollson, AzFamily reported in another article.

"Jaguars are opportunistic hunters that prey on more than 85 species, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature".

"People get the mistaken idea that wild animals are approachable", Kitty Block said in a statement.

The incident happened Saturday just before the zoo closed. "She's a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe ... not a wild animal's fault when barriers are crossed".

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar", the zoo told CNN. However, it clarified that the animal will not be put down as the incident was not its fault.

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