In a trend that is reaching the United States, another person was attacked by a zoo animal after trying to get close to it, this time a woman who wanted to take a selfie with a jaguar.
The woman, who is in her thirties according to NBC News, climbed over a barrier outside the jaguar’s enclosure at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park in Arizona. The woman was close enough to the jaguar for the animal to swipe at her, lacerating her arm severely.
Wildlife World Zoo stated, “'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 our 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,” as The Daily Mail reported.
According to zoo director Mickey Ollson, the jaguar had swiped at another person in the past month. But the zoo stated on Twitter that they would not put the jaguar down, writing, “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 (the woman) and her family.”
In August 2017, a Thai man decided to tease an Asian black bear in the Luang Pu Lamai Monastery in Phetchabun province, Thailand, by dangling a bowl of rice with a stick, but it wasn’t the rice that got eaten. Local newspaper Khaosod English reported 38-year-old Fon Promlad was teasing Kaew, the bear, with the bowl, when Kaew seized Promlad’s wrist and dragged him into the enclosure. First, Kaew dragged Promlad around the enclosure, then pulled him into Kaew’s cage. Meanwhile, desperate onlookers poked Kaew with a stick and poured water on the bear. Undeterred, the bear held onto Promlad, who apparently lost consciousness. Finally, caretakers of the bear dragged Promlad out. The day after the incident, Promlad was said to be in a critical condition.
Thairath Online, another local newspaper, quoted the caretaker of the bear, Wandee Khawasawat, asserting Kaew had never hurt anyone before.
Also in August 2017, a Russian man was brilliant enough to climb into an enclosure with three bears to give them milk. He lost a hand when his arm was bitten off close to the shoulder. Andrey Sakharovsky, who was apparently drunk, was videotaped by CCTV after he ignored the warning signs on the caged enclosure and climbed over the fence into the pen. The caged enclosure sat in front of a café to entertain customers.
According to The Siberian Times, Sakharovsky was drunk and wanted to give the three bears, Masha, a five-year-old female, and males Misha and Sasha, aged four years, some cans of condensed milk. After Sakharovsky fell in and had his hand bitten off, a friend jumped in to help him; the café’s barbecue chef, Gabil Guseinov rushed over with a spade to fend off the bears.
Video of Sakharovsky below: