A woman was trying to take a selfie near a jaguar enclosure when one reached out and scratched her arm at Wildlife World Zoo.
PHOENIX – A woman attacked by a jaguar at an Arizona zoo on Saturday claimed she did not cross the barrier and was not attempting to take a selfie.
The woman, in an interview with KPHO-TV and its sister station KTVK-TV in Phoenix, and posted on azfamily.com, disputed initial claims made by the Wildlife World Zoo, stating that she had not been attempting to take a selfie when the jaguar attacked her.
“I never crossed the barrier. I was not trying to get a selfie,” said the woman, who the report identified only as Leanne. “If I was trying to get a selfie, I think my injuries would be in a different place.”
The woman said she never passed a barrier in front of the jaguar’s pen, but she admitted to leaning over the barrier.
“I never expected the jaguar’s paw to come through the fence,” Leanne said during the interview.
The Arizona Republichas reached out to the woman but has not received a response.
The zoo said the woman apologized for the incident, but Leanne said in the interview her apology was not an admission that she was trying to take a selfie.
The woman said she apologized to the zoo for the backlash caused by media reports of the incident.
Leanne told Arizona’s Family that she is in the wrong for leaning over the barrier, but said the zoo should look into moving back the fencing surrounding the exhibit.
The woman also said she has offered to start a fundraiser to move back the fencing around the exhibit, as she enjoys visiting the zoo and does not want it to change.
The Arizona Republic reached out to Wildlife World Zoo officials Tuesday afternoon for a response to the woman’s claims but has not received a response.
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A jaguar roams its overhead enclosure at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park days after another one attacked a woman.
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