Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Escaped Jaguar Kills 6 Animals At New Orleans Zoo

Escaped Jaguar Kills 6 Animals At New Orleans Zoo

A jaguar escaped from its enclosure at a New Orleans zoo on Saturday and killed six other animals as it rampaged through the grounds.

As reported by NOLA, a release was issued by officials of the Audubon Zoo who did indeed confirm that the jaguar escaped its habitat early on Saturday morning.

Valero attacked four alpacas, one emu and a fox.

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

Joel Hamilton, vice president and general curator at the zoo, said the three-year-old jaguar will not be euthanized.

No humans were injured by the animal, although the circumstances of the escape sparked a worrisome thought at what might have been: The "jaguar jungle" is also home to a children's play area. "We care for these animals every day", says Kyle Burks, a top official at the zoo, per CNN. Three other animals are being treated for injuries.

It was not immediately clear how the animal escaped.

"These accidents happen, you know, on some kind of a recurring basis around the world", said Doug Cress, CEO of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Unfortunately, the damage had already been done in that short period of time that the jaguar was on the loose.

Zoo officials have launched an investigation as to how the jaguar escaped.

No people were injured, the zoo said. We've never had an incident like that before.

"This is a sad day for the Audubon family including our staff, volunteers, supporters and our community".

Forman insisted visitors should feel safe coming to the zoo. "So, we have a responsibility to protect them".

But he said staff were devastated about the killed animals.

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