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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.

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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.

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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

Image credit: Flickr Creative Commons / Nigel Swales