7th animal dies after jaguar escapes Audubon Zoo habitat

Audubon Zoo

Audubon Zoo

The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans was forced to close on Saturday after a jaguar escaped its habitat and killed six other zoo animals.

The zoo was closed Saturday but said it will reopen Sunday. A vet team captured and sedated the animal an hour later after it had mauled four alpacas, one emu and a fox.

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.

An "after action review" is taking place to determine how the killer cat got free.

'We are looking to investigate everything that happened and to prevent anything like this from ever happening again, ' said Forman. Zoo officials said this is the first time in at least 50 years that one of its animals has killed others.

The New Orleans Advocate newspaper later reported that the roof over the jaguar enclosure had been compromised.

"We care for these animals every day".

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

"The safety of our guests and our staff and our animals are our No. 1 priority", Burks said. "We have grief counsellors coming in to talk to staff to help them get through this", he said. "The animal care team is devastated by this tragic loss", Audubon Zoo Communications Specialist Frank Donze said. It is situated in Uptown New Orleans, between Audubon Park and the Mississippi River.

"We appreciate the overwhelming support and the many condolences from the community on social media", the zoo said in a press release. In 2001, a cub named Mulac escaped for about 10 minutes before he was brought down with a tranquilliser dart.

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