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Selfie gone wrong: Woman attacked by a jaguar at US zoo

March 11 , 2019

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People will do a lot to take a good selfie these days. But a good selfie isn’t always worth the effort, and pain, it takes to take one. 

An American woman found this out the hard way when she tried to take a selfie with a jaguar at the Wildlife World Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona and ended up being mauled by the animal.

The woman entered the animal’s enclosure by climbing over a barricade to take the selfie with the fully-grown jaguar, reported The Sun.

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The animal attacked her and visitors were alerted to the situation when they heard her screaming for help. Luckily, they managed to rescue her and she escaped the enclosure with her life.

Footage of her with lacerations and wounds on her arm has gone viral on social media.

The zoo authorities said an investigation is under way to find out who is at fault.

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“We regret to inform [you] that this evening, before closing there was an incident reported involving a guest, who crossed over the barrier to get a photo, according to eyewitnesses,” the zoo said in a statement.

“At no point was the jaguar out of its enclosure.” The zoo also announced that the animal would not be put down.

As many as 127 people lost their lives across the globe while taking selfies between 2014 and 2016, according to research conducted by Pennsylvania university. The most deaths occurred on mountains and high-rise buildings and the second most dangerous place to take selfies is around trains.

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