What happened: The zoo said the woman crossed over a barrier to snap a photo of herself and the female jaguar Saturday night. It is unclear if she stuck her hand through the cage but witnesses said the creature's claws reached through the metal barrier and clamped around the woman's arm, causing her to shriek in pain.
Zoo officials later released a statement saying the woman was taking a selfie when the attack occurred. Officials said the attack is under investigation but noted that the animal was not outside her enclosure at any time.
The zoo also tweeted asking people to understand why barriers are put in place and offering prayers to the family of the woman who sustained a non-life-threatening injury in the incident.
CBS News reports that the woman received stitches on Sunday and later met with the zoo on Sunday and apologized for her action.
The woman apologized to the zoo after the incident was over, although she did not admit to climbing over the concrete barrier.
A spokeswoman said the injured visitor had returned to the facility and said she felt bad about the publicity it was getting.
"So at that point, I see that it's no longer attached to the girl's actual arm, only her sweater", he recalled.
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"She won't be put down", the zoo tweeted in response to someone's inquiry about the animal.
On Twitter, many expressed concern for the jaguar, and some drew comparisons to a similar incident in 2016, when a 3-year-old boy slipped into an enclosure and was dragged by a gorilla named Harambe, resulting in the animal's being shot and killed by zoo workers.
"The jaguar lets go of the girl somewhat because the claw catches on just her sweater".
"Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there".
On Monday, the zoo said the jaguar will not be euthanized, but it was not in its enclosure Sunday.