A jaguar, one of an endangered native species of Amazonian fauna, lies at a natural reserve certified by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Natural Resources, located on the shores of the Rio Negro in Manaus, northern Brazil, on October 2, 2008.
"My mom runs up and takes her water bottle and shoves it through the cage near where the jaguar is, and the jaguar goes to let go of the girl to take the water bottle, and the claw just catches this girl's sweater", he told the news organization. Cellphone video showed her writhing in pain on the ground in the aftermath.
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. According to AzFamily, she has since apologized to the zoo for getting too close.
The zoo didn't immediately respond to a request for further comment.
"She won't be put down", the zoo tweeted in response to someone's inquiry about the animal.
The zoo also tweeted asking people to understand why barriers are put in place and offering prayers to the family of the woman who sustained a non-life-threatening injury in the incident.
"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar", the zoo writes. "And we pulled the girl back and she collapsed", Adam Wilkerson told the station.
Michele Flores was at the zoo with her son and grandkids when she saw the attack.