Woman attacked by jaguar while shooting selfies at zoo in Arizona

Mar 11, 2019

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Woman attacked by jaguar while shooting selfies at zoo in Arizona

Mar 11, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Sadly, it’s not that rare that people get injured or even killed while trying to take selfies with wild animals. On Saturday, 9 March, another case of selfie-related attack occurred when a woman got to close to a zoo fence in order to snap some selfies with a jaguar.

The attack happened in Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park in Arizona. According to Rural Metro Fire Department crew, the woman was trying to take a selfie near the fence, when the big cat reached out and attacked her arm. The woman was taken to a hospital for treatment, but her injuries aren’t life-threatening, as NBC News reports.

After the incident, the zoo issued a statement about what happened. Their statement confirms what was reported in other sources: the woman crossed the barrier to take photos with one of the zoo’s female jaguars. “At no time was the animal out of its enclosure,” the zoo points out, adding that the incident is being “fully investigated.”

Many Twitter users expressed their concern about the jaguar after the zoo issued the statement. However, the zoo spokesperson added that nothing would happen to the jaguar. “She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe – not a wild animals fault when barriers are crossed.”

Animal-related accidents are among the most common ways people die while taking selfies. But luckily, this woman’s injuries weren’t severe or fatal. As a matter of fact, she returned to the zoo the following morning to apologize. The zoo’s owner said to NBC News that she described her actions as “foolish.” That’s one way to put it, for sure.

I hope that the woman is recovering and that she has at least learned a lesson. And I hope that this story can be a cautionary tale for everyone who’s willing to risk their wellbeing for Instagram likes. The barriers between you and wild animals are there for a reason – so don’t cross them. Not even for an Instagram-worthy photo. It’s not worth it.

[via Digital Trends, NBC News]

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15 responses to “Woman attacked by jaguar while shooting selfies at zoo in Arizona”

  1. John Wojciechowski Avatar
    John Wojciechowski

    I’ve worked with the public for years and I find that they are getting more and more stupid with no sense of self preservation.

  2. Duncan Knifton Avatar
    Duncan Knifton

    And the Darwin Award goes to ……!!!

    1. Alexandre Ayoubi Avatar
      Alexandre Ayoubi

      Duncan Knifton cannot grant the award even if deserved. Her genitals did not get ripped appart and she is still alive so she can still reproduce and pass on genes of stupidity

  3. Joe De Diego Avatar
    Joe De Diego

    No sympathy for NPC’s.

  4. JC Bazan Avatar
    JC Bazan

    Natural selection

  5. Kenwyn Rpg Collins Avatar
    Kenwyn Rpg Collins

    Guess she didn’t have the moves like jaguar ?

  6. Franco Kailsan Avatar
    Franco Kailsan

    OMG!! This is horrible. Is the jaguar OK??!!!

  7. Jeff Hayward Avatar
    Jeff Hayward

    The same reason why people walk into traffic looking at their phones

    1. John Wojciechowski Avatar
      John Wojciechowski

      And crossing the street diagonally with their backs to traffic.

  8. Francis J Keller Avatar
    Francis J Keller

    Proves a theory my Drill Sargent had years ago, “not all humans are at the top of the food chain, some are food”

  9. George Berney Avatar
    George Berney

    People are dumb. Society really needs to stop making rules to protect them.

  10. Helen Gee Avatar
    Helen Gee

    Darwin says hi!

  11. Charlotte Fiorito Avatar
    Charlotte Fiorito

    Selfie Obsessed that’s why

  12. Tigerex966 Avatar
    Tigerex966

    i want to see that selfie.
    it was nice of her to apologize

  13. suruha Avatar
    suruha

    DOH! I hope this fool doesn’t have children!