Jaguar escapes from zoo, goes on animal killing spree

Terry Joseph
July 16, 2018

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that a male jaguar at the Audubon Zoo escaped shortly before 7:30 a.m. Saturday and killed four alpaca, one emu and one fox. The zoo was closed at the time and no humans were injured. "We close the zoo today to help our team mourn". The large feline was first reported missing at 7.20am, but was only spotted nearly one hour later, when it was tranquilised and returned to its enclosure. One additional alpaca and two foxes were also injured in the incident, but survived and are being cared for by veterinarians, according to WDSU-TV.

The house is where the animals are cleaned and fed, then boarded overnight. The jaguar apparently didn't eat any of the animals; the attacks were likely part of territorial aggression, Hamilton said. We are still investigating, and no animals will be housed in this enclosure until the investigation and repairs are completed.

The animal will not be euthanized, officials said.

A zoo statement read: 'Our animals are our family.

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Meet Valerio, our male jaguar! For WDSU's original story, see the attached link.

Back in March, the zoo ha acquired five alpacas from different farms in south MS and Mobile, Alabama. "We care for these animals every day", the zoo's managing director, Kyle Burks, said Saturday at a press conference.

"These accidents happen, you know, on some kind of a recurring basis around the world", said Doug Cress, chief executive of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. "So I think statistically there's nothing to worry about the safety of coming to the zoo".

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