Woman attacked by a jaguar while taking selfie questions the zoo's security

Elias Hubbard
March 13, 2019

"I'm not the first, and if they don't move the fence I'm probably not going to be the last", she said, adding that the photo op was "not worth" the ordeal she went through.

The circumstances surrounding the attack are somewhat unclear.

The woman, who only wanted to be identified by her first name Leanne, told CBS News that she leaned over the barrier at Lichfield Park's Wildlife World Zoo on Saturday, but she denied she climbed over it as the zoo has said. A fellow park goer said his mom got the cat to release its painful grip by distracting the animal with a plastic water bottle. "I was behind the barrier and just reached my arm out". "At that moment, I grabbed the girl around the torso and pulled her away from the cage and it unlatches from her claw", Wilkerson said.

"I was in the wrong for leaning over the barrier, but I think the zoo should consider moving their fence back".

It has emerged that a man was also attacked by the same jaguar past year. Last summer, according to CBS News, a man needed several stitches after he was injured by the very same jaguar.

Other visitors to the zoo said how they looked on in horror as they said they heard Leanne "screaming for help" with the jaguar lashing out.

Mickey Ollson, the director of Wildlife World Zoo, told ABC 15 that the jaguar won't be harmed because of "human behavior".

Sadly, we're used to less than clever behaviour from people with wild animals, but when the internet became concerned we'd have another "Harambe" on our hands, the zoo stepped up to confirm that thankfully nothing would happen to the jaguar. Zoo workers ultimately shot and killed the gorilla. "That happens occasionally. We put substantial barriers there, and if people cross them, they can get in trouble". The jaguar involved in the Wildlife World Zoo attack has been removed from its exhibit, but officials stressed that it will not be euthanized. 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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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