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Woman attacked by jaguar at zoo while taking a selfie

If you go on vacation, chances are you’re going to take some selfies. And why not? They’re quick, fun ways to brag let your friends know about the cool things you’re doing, up-to-the-minute on social media.

While most of the selfies you see are probably innocent enough, some people try to push the envelope to get that special shot. And in some of those more dangerous cases, common sense takes a backseat.

Take a recent case in Arizona. Big, dangerous animals like jaguars aren’t going suddenly turn domesticated to pose with you for a selfie.

And if you decide to get close enough to try it, your end-all, be-all selfie might be just that.

Nice kitty won’t sit for selfie

When we go to a zoo, I think it’s safe to say most of us know that barriers in front of a dangerous animal’s enclosure aren’t just for show. But in this case, there was a selfie to be taken.

On Saturday at the Wildlife World Zoo near Phoenix, witnesses said a woman in her 30s climbed over a barrier to get closer to a jaguar’s enclosure. Apparently, she wanted a selfie that was more up-close and personal. She ended up getting more than that.

The jaguar, being a wild animal and all, doesn’t care about selfies and wasn’t having it. The massive cat reached through the enclosure and took a swipe at the woman, catching her arm. As she was screaming in pain, another park visitor distracted the jaguar so it would let the woman go.

She suffered some deep lacerations on her arm and was bleeding — a lot.

Take a look at this clip from CBS News with witness video from the incident.

Note: the woman’s graphic injuries have been blurred out.

The woman was taken to a hospital and she’s going to be OK. Phoenix-area news stations even say she went back to Wildlife World Park to apologize, saying it was her fault and that she feels horrible for the bad publicity the zoo is getting. Below is a tweet the zoo sent out about the incident, and why they have things like barriers.

Selfies at any cost

When you think about it, this woman was pretty lucky. A CNN report from late last year says that more than 250 people worldwide have died attempting selfies from 2011 to 2017. Sheer numbers aside, the surprising stat is that there were only three selfie-related deaths reported in 2011. In 2016, it was 98.

Drowning is the leading cause of those deaths, followed by cases where people would, for example, try to take a photo in front of a moving train. Dangerous animals accounted for eight deaths.

Now back to this most recent case of “bad ideas for a selfie,” Wildlife World Zoo says the female jaguar will not be put down.

So when it comes to getting that perfect, dramatic selfie, remember this: Slippery rocks at the top of cliffs won’t stop being slippery. Trains won’t stop fast enough. And wild animals don’t know any better. But we should.

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