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3-Year-Old Boy Mauled After Falling Into Jaguar Exhibit At Arkansas Zoo

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 3-year-old Arkansas boy is in critical condition after he fell 15 feet into a jaguar exhibit at the Little Rock Zoo.

The boy was rescued from the enclosure on Friday morning after he was mauled by two jaguars.

The toddler was visiting the zoo with his father and grandfather, Reuters reported. The men threw a camera bag and an empty water hose spool at the animals during the attack, which made them drop the boy, according to a police report.

Zoo personnel entered the enclosure and kept the jaguars at bay using fire extinguishers until the rescue was complete.

Witnesses say the boy was bitten in the neck and foot.

A woman called 911 Friday morning to report “a child fell in the jaguar exhibit.”

“It’s not good,” she added.

The boy suffered a depressed skull fracture, minor puncture wounds and extensive lacerations to the scalp. He was listed in critical condition although reports say his wounds were not life-threatening, according to Fox News.

Police are still investigating how the child managed to fall into the open-air exhibit, which is now closed to the public pending further review of the attack.

Sources: Fox News, Reuters

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