How Strangers Helped Rescue Woman Attacked by Jaguar at Zoo

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The jaguar was temporarily removed from the exhibit after the incident. Martin Sachse ullstein bild via Getty Images

After this latest jaguar incident, people immediately began raising concerns about the fate of the jaguar, but the zoo responded quickly to quell those fears.

The woman was transported to the hospital after the incident.

According to witnesses on the scene - one of which captured a video of the woman writhing in pain after the jaguar clawed at her arm - the incident began when the unidentified woman climbed over a federally-regulated concrete wall that helps to keep a safe distance between the animal cage and the spectators.

The zoo sent another message on Sunday, assuring the public that "nothing will happen to our jaguar", and adding that it's "not a wild animal's fault when barriers are crossed". The woman jumped a barrier at the Litchfield Park zoo and reached out to take a selfie when the big cat dug her claws into the visitor's hand. Wilkerson said he heard screams for help and didn't think when he ran to help the woman.

Several people rushed over to help but it was a mother and son - Michele Flores and Adam Wilkerson - who pulled her to safety. The woman then tried to wrench it out of the jaguar's grip. "If you put the jaguar down, I'll NEVER go there again", wrote a woman on Twitter. "I saw the other girl up against the fence with her arm caught in the jaguar's claws". "It hurts." A gash about three inches long can be seen on her left forearm.

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And, in a separate interview with CBS News, the woman said she wasn't "attacked", but instead called the incident a "crazy accident".

She returned to the zoo on Sunday to express regret for her actions, saying she loved the zoo and "feels frightful about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident".

"There's no way to fix people crossing barriers", said zoo director Mickey Ollson, AzFamily reported in another article.

The incident happened Saturday just before the zoo closed.

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