Jaguar escapes habitat at Audubon Zoo, kills 6 animals

Jaguar escapes habitat at zoo and kills 6 animals Jaguar stock

Jaguar escapes habitat at zoo and kills 6 animals Jaguar stock

An adult male jaguar escaped its enclosure and fatally attacked four alpacas, one emu and a fox at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, according to a press release.

While it has not happened in quite a long time, the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is not a stranger to an escaped jaguar.

"Additionally, we have three other animals that are being cared for right now, they've got the best professional care out there, and we hope for them a speedy recovery", said Burks. Officials said the killings appeared to stem from territorial disputes.

The park was closed at the time and no humans were injured during the incident.

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In a Facebook post in February, the zoo called Valerio the jaguar a "big lovable goofball" and encouraged visitors to see him in its "Jaguar Jungle" exhibit. News outlets report the zoo was closed Saturday and would reopen Sunday.

Kyle Burks, vice president and managing director for the zoo, said at a news conference that Valerio was sedated by a team of veterinarians and the animal was returned and secured in his area. Today is a hard day for the Audubon family. His care staff describe.

It was not immediately clear how the animal escaped. But none of those incidents led to other animals being harmed or killed.

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