A 30-year-old zoo visitor faces having her arm amputated after she reportedly crossed a security line to take a selfie with this caged jaguar and the creature managed to attack her in front of shocked onlookers.
Noemi Rosas Fragoza, from the colony of Santa Maria Cuapan in the municipality of Tehuacan located in the central Mexican state of Puebla, was visiting the Zoologico Bio Zoo when she reportedly got too close to the jaguar while attempting to take a selfie.
The zoo’s legal representative Gonzalo Rodriguez Diaz said the victim crossed the security line to approach the animal, and ended up getting close enough for the animal to bite her arm and scratch her face.
According to reports, the big cat managed to severe a tendon and there is a risk the victim may lose her arm.
Local media said that zoo visitors who witnessed the incident managed to drag her away from the jaguar’s cage, and she was first treated by staff members before Red Cross paramedics arrived on the scene.
The unnamed 30-year-old woman was then taken to a nearby hospital where she is said to be in a serious condition.
According to reports, the zoo has agreed to pay for the woman’s medical bills as the animal was still in its cage when the incident took place.
However, Rodriguez Diaz emphasised that zoo rules forbid visitors from placing their hands inside the cages to touch or feed the animals.
He also said that no further action will be taken against the jaguar as the woman crossed the security line and placed herself at risk while the wild cat was simply following its natural instincts, according to local media.
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