Angela Hernandez, 23, of Portland was found by a pair of hikers on Friday evening after they saw her wrecked Jeep Patriot SUV partially submerged at the bottom of a 200-foot cliff in the Big Sur area, said Monterey County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Thornburg.
Her disappearance captured widespread attention after she and her vehicle were last seen on a surveillance camera video at a Carmel gas station on July 6, about 50 miles north of the stretch of Highway 1 where she was found.
The hikers discovered Hernandez conscious, breathing and with a shoulder injury, Thornburg said.
Rescuers managed to get her up the cliff and to a helicopter which flew her to a nearby hospital. She was in fair and stable condition but appeared to have suffered a concussion during the collision, the California Highway Patrol said in a statement.
Hernandez told investigators she swerved to avoid hitting an animal on Highway 1 on July 6 and plunged over the cliff north of Nacimiento Fergusson Road.
She stayed alive "by drinking water from the radiator of her vehicle," according to the Highway Patrol.
"It's usually the fall that gets them, or the ocean that gets them, and she was lucky to survive both," said Thornburg.
Hernandez was on a road trip from her home in Portland to visit her sister Isabel in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, when she crashed.
"My sister survived 7 days alone 200ft down a cliff on HW1," her sister Isabel Hernandez said in a Facebook post on Saturday. "This is very traumatic and will be a slow recovery process."
The male jaguar's escape was reported around 7:20 a.m. (1220 GMT), when the zoo was still closed to the public, according to the zoo. The large cat, named Valerio, killed four alpaca, an emu and a fox in nearby habitats before it was sedated by the zoo's veterinary team less than an hour later. Three others animals were also injured.
No people were injured, the zoo said.
It was not immediately clear how the animal got out of its habitat, and zoo officials said they were investigating.
"We're looking at every possible cause," Kyle Burks, the zoo's vice president and managing director, said at a news conference at the zoo.
The jaguar's attack on other animals was likely territorial, rather than driven by a desire to hunt for food, officials said.
"He's a young male jaguar - he was doing what jaguars do," said Joel Hamilton, the zoo's general curator.
Valerio was born at the San Diego Zoo in March 2015 and moved to New Orleans in October 2017. Male jaguars can reach six feet long, not including their tails, and weigh up to 250 pounds; the animal is the only so-called "big cat" native to the Americas.
The zoo is expected to reopen to the public on Sunday (July 15). Officials emphasized that Saturday's incident was unprecedented and assured potential visitors that there is no safety concern.