(Pasadena, California) – International television streaming giant Netflix, yesterday unveiled the story of Jasmin Joseph, a Guyanese child who was viciously attacked by a Jaguar which had dragged her by the head further into the jungle when she was just three years old.
Production of the documentary was financed by Netflix which has more than 100 million subscribers (streaming viewers) worldwide, and was one of the main features on its streaming service yesterday which happens to be the fourth anniversary of the attack.
The incident had occurred on the 27 December 2013 at Isseneru, in Region Seven, a hinterland jungle region of Guyana.
The story is believed to have been viewed by more than five million people within its first day of release, and had detailed the attack on the young Jasmine, with some sections of the incident reenacted by a child actor who played the role of the Guyanese toddler, and a female adult actress of Amerindian heritage who played the role as the child’s grandmother.
The filming and recreation of the documentary are however believed to have been done at an accessible location on the outskirts of the Brazilian jungle, instead of Guyana where the incident had originally occurred.
Several medical experts from the United States and Brazil were featured in the program.
However, while Guyanese doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital were credited with the child’s medical treatment and shocking recovery, none of them or any Guyanese medical professional was interviewed or were featured in the documentary.
The handful of American doctors and Brazilian doctors who were interviewed, mostly provided expert opinion on the case, while expressing shock that the child could have actually survived such an attack.
Viewers and observers who took to social media thereafter suggested that the Guyanese child may have inadvertently set a world record as possibly the youngest survivor of a jaguar attack in the wild.
During the attack, the child’s head was crushed at several sections, while a portion of her scalp was visibly torn, as a result of the fact that her entire tiny head was in the beast’s mouth while it was dragging her through the jungle.
And despite the severity of the injuries received, she began to show signs of recovery after a mere ten days of treatment and surgery at the Georgetown Public Hospital.
Jasmine’s story on Netflix is part of a wider documentary that examined a listing of dangerous animal attacks on people, who surprisingly survived them.
When asked about the documentary, a relative of the child told the Guyana Guardian that the family was unaware that there was an international microfilm on the incident, but reiterated that they have no issue with it.
To date, the case remains one of the most documented occurrences of jaguar attacks in the world, with the University of California considered as having the most extensive list of research papers on the Jasmine Joseph incident.
The child has fully recovered, and continues to attend school in Guyana.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Please note that the name of the documentary is: 72 Dangerous animals. The episode in question is Episode 1