The woman at the center of a recent jaguar attack has offered an apology, but also a suggestion. “I was in the wrong for leaning over the barrier, but I do think that maybe the zoo should look into moving their fence back,” she said.
Leanne, who didn’t want CBS news to report her last name, described the incident as simply wanting to take pictures while at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Litchfield Park, Arizona.
“It was a black jaguar up against the fence and we happened to be walking by and we said ‘hey, let’s get some good pictures.’ “
Cellphone footage from Saturday’s incident (March 9) later showed the woman on the floor with deep cuts to her arm. On Monday (March 11) zoo officials took to Twitter to announce Leanne apologized, however, the 4-year-old jaguar has been removed from the zoo.
“The person involved met privately with zoo officials to acknowledge her regret for her role in the past weekend’s events,” officials said.
— Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park (@ZooWildlife) March 11, 2019
“I’m not the first and if they don’t move the fence, I’m probably not going to be the last,” Leanne said. However, zoo officials warn visitors rules are put in place for everyone’s safety. “When people do not respect the barriers, there’s always a chance there might be a problem.”