Woman attacked by a jaguar while taking selfie questions the zoo's security 9 months ago

Woman attacked by a jaguar while taking selfie questions the zoo's security

The jaguar caused injuries to her arm as she leant over a barrier

The woman who was attacked by a jaguar while posing for a selfie has asked for the zoo to upgrade their safety systems.

In a zoo near the United States city of Phoenix, Arizona, the woman who asked to only be identified as Leanne decided it was a wise idea to lean over a barrier as the predators stalked nearby. A female jaguar attacked her, causing injuries to her arm.

"The black jaguars were up against the fence and we happened to be walking by and we said: 'Hey let's get some good pictures'," Leanne told CBS News.

"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.


"Anybody can reach out. I'm not the first, and if they don't move the fence, I'm probably not going to be the last."

Wildlife World Zoo has since confirmed that the jaguar responsible was not put down, as is always the risk with these incidents, and urged onlookers not to lean into enclosures for photographs.

"When people do not respect the barriers, there's always a chance that there might be a problem," said zoo director Mickey Olson.

Leanne is certainly repentant and vowed never to lean over carnivorous cats for a selfie again.

"I never expected this. I feel like we're all human, we make mistakes and I learned my lesson," she said.