Jaguar escapes from zoo, goes on animal killing spree

Jaguar escapes New Orleans zoo enclosure, killing 4 alpacas, an emu and a fox

Jaguar Escapes Habitat At Audubon Zoo In New Orleans, Kills Six Other Animals

A New Orleans zoo remained closed on Saturday after a jaguar escaped its habitat and killed six other animals.

Zoo officials are launching an investigation into what occurred. He mauled four alpacas, one emu and one fox in nearby habitats before being sedated by a vet team almost an hour after his escape, the zoo said.

The zoo was closed Saturday but officials said it would reopen Sunday, with the exception of the jaguar habitat.

According to a statement from the zoo, the staff and security quickly implemented the correct plan to ensure staff safety.

In this photo taken August 17, 2011, a jaguar walks in a public zoo.

The jaguar is 3-year-old and it's name is Valerio.

No humans were injured in the incident.

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"The animal care team is devastated by this tragic loss", a news release from the zoo says. Close to an hour later, officials from the Audubon Zoo had been able to not only find him but capture him and return the animal back to its habitat. But none of those incidents led to other animals being harmed or killed.

'We receive inspections a few times a year from Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1981, ' Forman said. "So, we have a responsibility to protect them".

He was doing what jaguars do.

'Nothing's going to happen to the jaguar itself, ' he said.

The zoo, originated from a bird habitat built in 1916, is a "58-acre jewel ranking among the nation's best zoos", according to the Audubon Nature Institute, which oversees the zoo and other properties.

"Certainly his behaviour wasn't out of the ordinary for that kind of an animal, and he's just a normal jaguar as far as we are concerned."

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