Jaguar escapes Audubon Zoo and kills seven animals

16 July, 2018, 07:08 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • Jaguar escapes New Orleans zoo enclosure, killing 4 alpacas, an emu and a fox

The zoo was closed Saturday but said it will reopen Sunday.

A jaguar escaped from a zoo in New Orleans early Saturday morning, killing six other animals before it was captured. No animals or humans were injured in that escape. The alpaca that died overnight Sunday was the zoo's last living alpaca.

The jaguar was sedated and secured by the veterinary team and the situation was resolved by 8:15 a.m., but sadly, four alpaca, one emu, and one fox in nearby habitats were attacked and killed.

A third fox was also injured.

Jaguar escapes New Orleans zoo enclosure, killing 4 alpacas, an emu and a fox
‘Tragic loss’ at Audubon Zoo after jaguar escapes, kills six animals; zoo closed Saturday | The Sun Herald

"We are still investigating, and no animals will be housed in this enclosure until the investigation and repairs are completed". Releases from the zoo indicate that they have ruled out keeper error as the cause of the escape.

He said the zoo was bringing in grief counselors to help staff cope with the incident.

Despite sympathy for the lost animals, many online couldn't blame Valerio for doing what jaguars do.

No explanation has been given for the jaguar's escape, but the zoo said an "after-action review" is taking place, as well as an investigation into how the jaguar escaped. The jaguar was quickly located inside the zoo, tranquilized and returned to its sleeping quarters. The other is a female, named Ix Chel, who was in a separate indoor enclosure when Valerio broke out.

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