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Man injured by jaguar after crossing barrier at Jacksonville Zoo

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A jaguar watches from her habitat at the Montgomery Zoo in Montgomery, Ala., Friday, July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

A man was injured by a jaguar at a Florida zoo after climbing over a barrier and moving to close to the animal’s enclosure, official’s said.

The attack occurred Wednesday at the Range of the jaguar display in Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, the Florida Times-Union reported.

The man was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, zoo official’s said.

The man climbed over a high-waisted safety barrier that puts 4 feet of empty space between visitors and the jaguar exhibit fence, zoo spokeswoman Kelly Rouillard said.

The man began taunting the big cat and reached his his hand through the fence, she said.

A 12-year-old big cat named Harry swiped at the man and injured him.

Official’s confirmed that Harry was involved in a fight that left another jaguar dead earlier this year.

The Jacksonville zoo does not plan on pressing any criminal charges.