Jaguar that attacked selfie-taking woman won't be put down

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According to a zoo spokeswoman, the double-barrier system meets USDA guidelines for predators such as jaguars, NBC News reported.

The woman arm wounds caused excruciating pain, but all of her injuries were non-life-threatening. She called the whole incident a "crazy accident" and expressed regret at video of the incident hitting the internet.

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.

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar", the zoo said in a tweet in response to concerned members of the public. "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", zoo officials said in a tweet Sunday morning. The woman jumped a barrier at the Litchfield Park zoo and reached out to take a selfie when the big cat dug her claws into the visitor's hand.

Several people rushed over to help but it was a mother and son - Michele Flores and Adam Wilkerson - who pulled her to safety.

"I hear a young girl screaming for help".

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"So at that point, I see that it's no longer attached to the girl's actual arm, only her sweater", he recalled. "I saw the other girl up against the fence with her arm caught in the jaguar's claws".

Officials said the attack is under investigation but noted that the animal was not outside her enclosure at any time.

An unidentified employee at the zoo tells the 911 dispatcher that a woman was attacked by "one of our jaguars", and her arm is "in pretty bad shape", AzCentral reported on March 10.

"When people do not respect the barriers, there's always a chance there might be a problem", zoo director Mickey Ollson said.

The animal never left its enclosure, and the incident is being fully investigated, the zoo said.

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