Animals should not have to pay the price for human stupidity. And this zoo is making sure that doesn’t happen.
Way too often, people forget that acting carelessly around wild animals can result in a tragedy. A couple of years ago a gorilla named Harambe had his life cut short after a 4-year-old boy managed to get into his enclosure. The demise of the gorilla resulted in a widespread backlash, with many people blaming both zookeepers and parents for allowing the child to get into gorilla’s cage.
Sadly, some people learned nothing from this situation and continues to get themselves into dangerous situations by not obeying the rules at the zoo.
Recently a young woman visiting the zoo in Arizona made a mistake that could’ve ended in much the same way, either to her or an animal involved.
We regret to inform that this evening, before closing there was an incident reported involving a guest, who crossed over the barrier to get a photo, according to eye witnesses. The visitor sustained non-life threatening injuries to their arm from one of the female jaguars. At the request of the family, paramedics were called. At no time was the animal out of its enclosure. The incident is being fully investigated.”
The woman wanted to take a selfie with a jaguar and to do so, she decided to cross the barrier and got dangerously close to the wild animal.
That’s when the jaguar reached out and grabbed the careless woman’s arm with its claws. The victim suffered deep scratches and was taken into the hospital to treat her injuries.
After this story went wild on the internet people began to wonder what will happen to the jaguar who attacked the visitor.
The Wildlife Word Zoo released a statement reminding people that those barriers are put there for a reason and reassured that the jaguar won’t be put down.
“We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar. She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe- not a wild animals fault when barriers are crossed. Still sending prayers to her and her family.”
The man who helped the woman attacked by the jaguar took a video of her injuries.
The vast majority of people (read “everyone”) agree that the animal did nothing wrong, and people need to respect the space of wild animals. They are not toys, trophies, or accessories- they are living, breathing beings who we need to r-e-s-p-e-c-t.
Thanks to the zoo for doing the right thing.