Escaped Jaguar Goes On Killing Spree at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans

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

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

WDSU in New Orleans reports that the Audubon Zoo is closed Saturday after an adult male jaguar reportedly escaped from its habitat and killed six animals. Zoo officials said this is the first time in at least 50 years that one of its animals has killed others.

It happened before the zoo was open to the public. Burks said the zoo will investigate the incident, including how the jaguar got free.

No humans were injured during the incident and luckily there are no plans to euthanise Valerio, the three-year-old male jaguar, because he was technically doing nothing wrong.

It was not immediately clear how the animal escaped.

Dr Kyle Burks, the zoo's managing director: "These are our family and we have had such a great response on social media, from people sharing how they feel for our team and I can't say how much we appreciate that".

No explanation has been given for the jaguar's escape, but the zoo said an "after-action review" is taking place, as well as an investigation into how the jaguar escaped. "This is by far the biggest tragedy we've had".

Grief counselors have been brought in to help the staff deal with the loss. 'Today is a hard day for the Audubon family'.

"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.

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

But he said staff were devastated about the killed animals.

Forman insisted visitors should feel safe coming to the zoo. "In over 100 year period, we've never had an incident to create a problem for the public".

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