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Florida man injured after sticking his arm in jaguar pen at local zoo

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He must have been easy to spot.

A Florida man got clawed by a jaguar at the Jacksonville Zoo Wednesday, after he jumped over a safety barrier and stuck his arm into an enclosure, local reports said.

The man, who wasn’t publicly identified but is in his 20s, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, local outlet WJXT reported.

Witnesses told the station that the predatory park visitor had egged on the big cats before he hopped over a gate and into the “Range of the Jaguar” exhibit.

He then apparently tried to get the attention of the wild animals, leading one of them to swipe his arm.

“This is an individual that wasn’t using his head,” deputy zoo director Dan Maloney told the outlet. “He stuck his hand in through the mesh that separates the jaguars from the outside.”

One zoogoer said she saw employees cleaning up a trail of blood after the man was carried out with his arm bandaged, the report said.

A man was hospitalized after trying to intimidate a jaguar and hopping over its pen.
A man was hospitalized after trying to intimidate a jaguar and hopping over to its pen.
REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

He was lucky the jaguar didn’t latch on, Maloney said, otherwise, “it would have been a very different story.”

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