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The woman was injured by a female jaguar at Arizona's Wildlife World Zoo after she crossed into the jaguar exhibit for a photo

March 11, 2019 12:43 PM

A woman who was attacked by a female jaguar at the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, has reportedly apologized for her part in the incident.

According to a statement from the zoo on Twitter, the woman approached the zoo’s jaguar exhibit on Saturday and “crossed over the barrier to get a photo” with the big cats. One of the female jaguars attacked the woman, leaving her with “non-life threatening injuries” to her arm.

Shawn Gilleland of the Rural Metro Fire Department told PEOPLE that the woman was transported to a hospital following the incident, where she was treat for lacerations to her arm and hand.

On Sunday, the woman returned to the zoo, reports AZFamily.com, to speak with the zoo’s owner and apologize for her actions.

Zoo spokesperson Kristy Morcum told the site that the woman “feels horrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident,” especially since the woman loves the zoo.

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Morcum added that the woman admitted fault in regards to the incident.

In their statement, the zoo said the incident “is being fully investigated” and that they found “at no time was the animal out of its enclosure.”

The zoo later tweeted a response to those concerned about what would happen to the jaguar following the incident.

“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 zoo posted on late Saturday evening.

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