Woman Apologizes to Zoo

A woman visiting an Arizona zoo Saturday decided she wanted a “selfie” with a jaguar, so she climbed over the barrier, and the jaguar attacked her. Other visitors helped her escape. She was treated in hospital for injuries to her arm.

But here’s the best part: the next day, the young woman returned to the zoo (the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, near Phoenix) and told staff that the incident was her fault, she was sorry, and she “feels horrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident,” according to the Zoo’s spokeswoman, Kristy Morcum.

This woman, who is so far unnamed, did the right thing. She took responsibility for her foolish act, and apologized. This may happen more often than we know, and it just doesn’t get reported, so it’s good to hear of someone who apologized, promptly and fully, for their error. If she’s truly sorry, she’ll be willing to accept consequences; perhaps she could be a docent at the zoo, reminding others that these are still wild animals?

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