Jaguar escapes at Audubon Zoo, kills 6 animals

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

The zoo's second jaguar, a female named Ix Chel, was in a separate indoor habitat when Valerio escaped.

The Audubon Zoo is closed after a jaguar escaped its exhibit Saturday morning, attacking and killing six other animals. Three others animals were also injured.

The zoo announced that it would remain closed through Saturday, but would reopen Sunday. 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.

"We are looking to investigate everything that happened and to prevent anything like this from ever happening again", said Forman.

He was doing what jaguars do.

The jaguar's attack on other animals was likely territorial, rather than driven by a desire to hunt for food, officials said.

The animal's escape remains under investigation.

The zoo is to remain closed for the day due to the risky situation from Saturday morning.

The animal will not be euthanized, officials said.

"We receive inspections a few times a year from Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1981", Forman said.

Zookeepers say losing these animals is like losing loved ones. Their habitat ranges from the jungles of Central and South America, where they are considered "near threatened" by IUCN, to the southern regions of Arizona and New Mexico, where they are listed as an endangered species by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Zoo keepers found them in a secondary containment area and were able to lure them back into their den.

"He's a young male jaguar", Hamilton said". For WDSU's original story, see the attached link. "In over 100 year period, we've never had an incident to create a problem for the public". "So I think statistically there's nothing to worry about the safety of coming to the zoo".

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