A jaguar that injured a woman who crossed the barrier of the animal's enclosure to get a photo is in no danger of being put down, the zoo tweeted. Once over the wall, the woman turned her back to the cage to snap the selfie.
In their statement, the zoo said the incident "is being fully investigated" and that they found "at no time was the animal out of its enclosure". "That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble".
"She won't be put down", the zoo tweeted in response to someone's inquiry about the animal.
"My mom runs up and takes her water bottle and shoves it through the cage near where the jaguar is, and the jaguar goes to let go of the girl to take the water bottle, and the claw just catches this girl's sweater", he told the news organization.
Several people rushed over to help but it was a mother and son - Michele Flores and Adam Wilkerson - who pulled her to safety.
"Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there", he said.
"I see another girl with her up against the cage of the jaguar and the jaguar has clasped its claws outside of the cage around her hand and into her flesh".
He explained Flores, his mother, managed to distract the big cat with a plastic water bottle she pushed into the enclosed area.
Moments after the animal lashed out, the video shows the woman laying on the floor in considerable pain.
This is the second time the 4- to 5-year-old female jaguar has swiped at someone who crossed the barrier, Wildlife World Zoo Director Mickey Ollson told ABC15.
"We've got the fire department en route".