A WOMAN was mauled by a jaguar while trying to take a selfie with it at a zoo.
The woman climbed over a barricade to take a selfie with the ferocious cat.
But witnesses said they heard her “screaming for help” as she was attacked at the Wildlife World Zoo near Phoenix, Arizona.
Footage filmed by one of the witnesses shows the woman writhing in pain and bleeding from severe lacerations.
Zoo bosses are now investigating after acknowledging the woman climbed over the barricade.
They said in a statement: “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 eyewitnesses.
“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.”
Zoo director Mickey Ollson said this was the second time the jaguar swiped at a visitor.
But he stressed that the animal would not be put down.
“We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar”
The zoo posted on Twitter: “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 January this year, two lions mauled a zoo visitor to death after climbing into their enclosure at a wildlife centre in India.
The two lions pounced after the bloke scaled a 20ft barrier at Chhatbir Zoo, in Punjab.
He leapt onto the grass before being attacked by two of the four big cats in the compound.
Zoo staff rushed to rescue him after hearing his screams.
The man could be seen being carried by the neck by a lioness named Shilpa.
And then a male lion named Yuvraj can be seen clamping its teeth around his head.