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

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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.

The 911 operator advised the employee to keep pressure on the wound. "We're going to be there shortly", the operator responded.

The jaguar (not this one) was temporarily removed from the exhibit after the incident.

The victim's name was not revealed.

Following the incident, Kitty Block, the president of The Humane Society of the United States issued a statement calling for zoos to "set a higher standard to protect people and to respect wildlife from a safe distance", the Washington Post reported.

A spokeswoman said the injured visitor had returned to the facility and said she felt bad about the publicity it was getting. The zoo says she admitted she was wrong. She was taken to a hospital for treatment to a laceration to her arm.

"Lady got what she deserved". You can see the jaguar in question chewing on the water bottle at the top of this article.

Kristy Morcum, spokesperson for Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, told Azfamily that the woman returned to the park and apologized, saying she "feels frightful about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident".

"The person involved met privately with zoo officials to acknowledge her regret for her role in the past weekend's events".

"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". "Wildlife world staff and administrators appreciate her honest apology and we look forward to welcoming her and her family back at a future date", Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park officials wrote on Twitter.

Zoo owner Mickey Ollson told AZFamily.com that about a year ago, the big cat scratched another guest who also had crossed the barrier.

A witness told CNN that his mom distracted the jaguar with a water bottle during the attack and the animal let go of the woman's arm.

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