Jaguar escapes habitat at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, killing 6 animals

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Audubon Zoo officials are investigating what led to a jaguar escaping from its enclosure Saturday morning before killing six animals and injuring others.

The jaguar killed four alpaca, an emu and a fox after escaping.

"We are mourning the loss of six animals that did not survive and three animals injured (one alpaca named Daisy and two foxes called Copper and Rusty) that are under professional animal care".

The zoo was closed for the day as officials tried to discover how the feline escaped. 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.

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

The animal escaped at around 7.20am (1.20pm United Kingdom time) Saturday morning before being captured, sedated and returned by the vet team an hour later, CBS News reports.

The jaguar was safely secured in his night house. But none of those incidents led to other animals being harmed or killed.

Zoo officials closed the park before it had opened for the day after the incident happened early in the morning

"We're looking at every possible cause", Kyle Burks, the zoo's vice president and managing director, said at a news conference at the zoo.

"And it's because you're dealing with animals that, at their genetic core, are built differently than we might like them to be". 'Unfortunately, it was doing what jaguars do'.

The animal will not be euthanized, officials said. As of this writing, it is still not known if any of the animals that were killed were from those brought into the zoo earlier this year.

"He's a young male jaguar", Hamilton said". "Certainly his behaviour wasn't out of the ordinary for that kind of an animal".

Valerio was born at the San Diego Zoo in March 2015 and moved to New Orleans in October 2017.

"The zoo, it's been here for 100 years", Forman said. For WDSU's original story, see the attached link.

"This is a sad day for the Audubon family including our staff, volunteers, supporters and our community". The zoo was closed to the public at that time. "So I think statistically there's nothing to worry about the safety of coming to the zoo".

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