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Zoo Will Not Put Down Jaguar That Attacked Woman Who Jumped Barrier for a Selfie

Zoo Will Not Put Down Jaguar That Attacked Woman Who Jumped Barrier for a Selfie


On Sunday, a woman visiting the Wildlife World Zoo Aquarium & Safari Park jumped the barrier at the jaguar exhibit to get a selfie with the animal.

To the shock of no one, the jaguar attacked her.

Thankfully, the zoo confirmed they will not put down the female jaguar.

From CNN:

Adam Wilkerson said he was at the zoo with his family when someone came running around the corner yelling for help.

“Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there,” he said. “I saw the other girl up against the fence with her arm caught in the jaguar’s claws.”

Wilkerson said he was standing behind the woman, but didn’t want to pull her off. “I could see the claws in her actual flesh,” he said.

In an effort to distract the jaguar, Wilkerson said, his mother ran up behind him and shoved her water bottle through the cage. The bottle distracted the jaguar, and it let go of the victim.

“When my mom put the water bottle through the gate, the jaguar let go of the girl. And we pulled the girl back and she collapsed,” he said.

In a 911 call obtained by CNN, a zoo employee can be heard saying the woman’s arm was in “pretty bad shape.”

The story took off on Twitter. People told the zoo they will boycott it if they put down the jaguar while others pleaded with them not to harm the jaguar.

The zoo reassured everyone that nothing will happen to the animal.

People, don’t be stupid. The zoo’s spokeswoman Kristy Morcum told CNN that the woman apologized and “feels horrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident.”


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Put down the moron who entered the enclosure. Promote Social Darwinism!

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to MAJack. | March 11, 2019 at 11:00 am


    Especially for those Government “bureaucrat” employees.

    One would think Government “bureaucrat” employees would act like better critters, but evidence shows they’re Stupid AND Evil.

    herm2416 in reply to MAJack. | March 11, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Utterly gormless.
    I’m glad they aren’t blaming the animal.

    gourdhead in reply to MAJack. | March 12, 2019 at 11:33 am

    My exact sentiments.

the woman apologized and “feels horrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident.”

Oh, I imagine a good ambulance chaser will soon cheer her up.

    fscarn in reply to tom_swift. | March 11, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Has the concept of personal responsibility been so far removed from normal that a lawyer would actually take her on as a client believing she has a case !

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to fscarn. | March 11, 2019 at 11:27 am


      CorkyAgain in reply to fscarn. | March 11, 2019 at 11:58 am

      Sue the zoo for not having adequate barriers? They have a responsibility to protect visitors from the consequences of their own carelessness?

      Possible precedent in the McDonald’s coffee case?

      (Just spitballing here.)

      david7134 in reply to fscarn. | March 11, 2019 at 12:05 pm

      I know of a doctor that was sued for not showing up at a delivery of a woman when he received adequate notice of her presentation. The woman was delivered by a nurse without problem. The doctor was faulted for not being present. Problem was he was in the parking lot, dead.

        Milhouse in reply to david7134. | March 11, 2019 at 12:37 pm

        I was on a med mal jury, where one of the questions we had to answer was whether the doctor had been negligent in not dropping everything and rushing to the hospital as soon as she was notified that her patient was there. The plaintiff had some 90-year-old expert witness from Maine who testified that when he hears his patient is in the hospital he rushes over immediately, and considers that the standard of care. We on the jury were six Brooklynites, and when the question came up on the form we all looked at each other and said what, do they think we’re crazy? Maybe that’s the standard of care in Maine, where the witness could probably be at the hospital in 5 minutes, ascertain that he’s not needed, and be back at his office in 5 more minutes. It can’t possibly be expected of any doctor in a big city; it it were then doctors would be doing nothing all day but drive to and from hospitals. The defendant got a report from the hospital resident, gave instructions, and that’s all she could be expected to do. (We did find that she should have informed the resident of a potential risk factor that she forgot to mention, but thankfully nothing bad resulted, so no damages there either.)

      Gremlin1974 in reply to fscarn. | March 11, 2019 at 6:14 pm

      Personal responsibility is anathema to the victim role of the left.

      tcurran in reply to fscarn. | March 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      If some attorney does bring this to court I hope the judge fines both the Moron and the attorney for shire stupidity !!!

    alaskabob in reply to tom_swift. | March 11, 2019 at 10:43 am

    In that case, have her lawyer personally depose the cat. Only downside would be indigestion.

How did this person get to be this old being so stupid?

    Shadow5 in reply to Romey. | March 11, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Answer: government run public education system.

    Massinsanity in reply to Romey. | March 11, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    The giant tramp stamp should be enough to indicate we aren’t dealing with a deep intellect here.

      Arminius in reply to Massinsanity. | March 12, 2019 at 2:43 am

      Yeah, I noticed that along with the other tats heading down her pants. They just scream “poor impulse control” and “daddy issues.” Alcohol was clearly involved when she got those tats. I wonder if alcohol was involved in this incident.

      I’ve been a hunter since I was eleven. I recommend it. It isn’t only the animals that are normally thought of as dangerous that can kill you. I never do stupid things around animals. On the other hand, I also don’t have any tattoos. I just saw too many seventy year old guys in the shower on the local Navy base when I was a kid using the gym or pool. “Oh, yeah” I’d say to myself, “I bet those tats seemed like a really good idea when you were on liberty in Honolulu during WWII and were out to get ‘screwed, stewed, and tattooed’ but now they look like shriveled up raisins.”

“Jumping the barrier to get a selfie.”

It’s a fitting metaphor for the modern age.

GeorgeCrosley | March 11, 2019 at 10:03 am

No surprise the idiot seems to be covered in tattoos.

I suggest putting her back in the cage, and let the cat finish his meal.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to Demonized. | March 11, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Save money on food for a couple of days. But then again someone that stupid might be disease ridden. Wouldn’t want to put the cat in danger.

Had same happen in Anchorage at zoo. German tourist climbed into polar bear exhibit and bear willingly demonstrated predator – prey behavior. Tourist got chewed up a little. Everyone supported the bear. Bear became famous and even bigger tourist attraction.

    Arminius in reply to alaskabob. | March 12, 2019 at 3:12 am

    Actually the tourist was Australian, not German. But yeah, she jumped the barriers to get a close up and the bear, Binky, reached between the bars and chomped on her leg and did his level best to pull her through the bars sideways. It didn’t work, but he broke her leg trying and was eventually distracted by other visitors to the Alaska Zoo beating him with sticks.

    Someone took video of the entire incident and a still from the video spawned a line of T-shirts, coffee mugs and bumper stickers. It was of Binky parading around with the woman’s tennis shoe. One said, “Send more tourists – this one got away” and if I recall correctly “Don’t bother Binky when he’s eating lunch.” Binky earned more local fame and popularity when a few weeks later he mauled a group of drunk Anchorage teenagers who thought it would be a good idea to take a dip in the polar bear pool.

    The zoo didn’t confirm Binky was the one who did it, as he was caged with a female. But he was the one with blood on his face, not her. Unfortunately she had somehow been fatally infected with some kind of parasite and died. Binky caught the same parasite and also died about a year after the two maulings.

    Alaskans came far and wide to leave bouquets by his cage. They couldn’t help it. He had just brought so much happiness to so many people.

Good. Stupid games, stupid prizes the saying goes. The jaguar needn’t be punished for simply being a jaguar.

If she can climb in and out of the Jaguar exhibit, the Jaguar couldn’t climb out? You would think the Jaguar would be a better climber than an out of shape woman.

    The way I read it she wasn’t actually in the enclosure. She jumped a barrier to get next to the enclosure and the jaguar was able to grab her arm through the enclosure.

    Gremlin1974 in reply to Jackie. | March 11, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    She jumped a barrier that is about 3 feet from the bars meant to keep people out of paws reach of the cats if they reach though the bars. So she got next to the bars and the cat grabbed her.

She was selfie-ish.

Comanche Voter | March 11, 2019 at 11:56 am

This falls in the “Bubba hold my beer” category. God must love morons since He made so many of them.

Jaguar takes a bite here; Polar Bear chomps down in Berlin, and a tiger in the San Francisco Zoo nabbed a teenager who stayed in the park with his buddies after closing hour.

In a perverse way, this explains the way many of today’s left think. They believe that if THEY have no ill will against whatever then whatever will have no ill will against them. They have the live and let live attitude about almost everything. This works well around the office or their social circle but when you try this against Middle East islamic radicals or wild animals it can be deadly.

    amatuerwrangler in reply to inspectorudy. | March 11, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    In an attempt to separate the big cats from Islamic a-holes, I suggest that the cat held no ill will against the stupid selfie person. The Islamist is motivated by thoughts of “Great Satan” and “Infidels must die” where he cat’s thoughts were more a very natural feeling of “that looks like it might be edible”.

    The inspector’s position that the stupid selfie person might have been inappropriately projecting a “no harm meant” mindset remains valid.

Can the Zoo feed the large Cats lawyers?

healthguyfsu | March 11, 2019 at 2:09 pm

As stupid as this was, it sounds like she is taking responsibility for it. That’s actually good to hear for once.

I’m not making excuses for this woman in saying this, but the simple fact is, it shouldn’t be possible to “jump the barrier to take a selfie” with a wild and dangerous animal. The barrier should be designed and constructed to prevent that from happening. Take it out of the context of this particular woman, and think of children and those mentally challenged who may not be able to appreciate the danger.

    healthguyfsu in reply to maxmillion. | March 11, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    It is yet to be determined whether she is mentally challenged or not.

    In seriousness though, a child would not naturally go over that concrete wall unless he/she was trying to be defiant.

    It’s not like the jaguar could reach through the cage. She literally had to be touching the cage for this to happen (with her back turned to take a selfie with a jaguar right nearby no less).

      Gremlin1974 in reply to healthguyfsu. | March 11, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      Actually she could get right next to the cage. I have been to that Zoo and there is a “barrier” (basically a rope) a few feet in front of the cages for the very reason that the cats can reach through the cage bars, so the barrier is there to keep you out of claws reach. This special child of God decided to go over that “barrier” and get next to the cage.

      The barrier wasn’t the problem, it was the special child of God thinking that the barrier didn’t apply to her.

    zennyfan in reply to maxmillion. | March 11, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Maybe we should case zoo visitors instead.

After 30 some responses, nobody has ask the key question. Did she get the selfie?!!!! That shot would definitely live as click bait for years. Click here to see tattooed idiot women mauled by big cat.

Just saw this intellectual midget interviewed on one of the MSM channels. As you can expect (inspite of admitting she pulled a stupid move) she still blames the zoo. Ron White had it pegged when he said “you can’t fix stupid.”

She gets the Darwin Award for 2019.

So this fellow asks his friend for advice on killing his wife without getting in trouble. “Buy her a Porsche”, the friend says, “and wait for her to wreck it and kill herself”. On their next meeting the friend asks how it went, and he says it was an utter failure; she’s handling the Porsche like an expert and enjoying it. “Try a Ferrari”, the friend suggests; “maybe she won’t be able to handle that”. But the same thing happened. Finally the friend says “you know what, buy her a Jaguar; surely that’ll do the trick”. A few days later the fellow calls his friend to report success. “So the Jaguar worked?” “Perfectly. One bite and she was a bad memory.”