"I thought it was playing," Cheyenne told WAFF.
The video showed Cheyenne’s 3-year-old sister reach into the enclosure, followed a moment later by Cheyenne, who approached the fence for a closer look at the animal, but kept her hands to herself.
The kangaroo suddenly reached through the fence and violently grabbed her by her hair. She screamed in terror as he attacked, biting her head.
Cheyenne, who White rushed from the park for medical attention, now has 14 stitches in her head.
"I'm just glad that it got me instead of my baby sister, because it would have hurt her even worse," the freckle-faced girl told the news station.
WAFF reported that safari owners declined to comment on the incident, but pointed to a sign posted at the entrance to the kangaroo trail that details a state law saying people take their own risks when visiting an agri-tourism venue.
Wooden plaques are also posted at the kangaroo enclosure that say, “I bite.”
White said she was speaking out not to keep other families from visiting the zoo, where her own family had so many good times, but to warn of the potential danger in getting too close to the animals.
“I don’t want it to happen to someone else’s kid, because they may not be as fortunate as my daughter was,” White said, voice trembling with tears.