The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is closed after a jaguar escaped its exhibit Saturday morning and attacked and killed six other animals, according to zoo officials. He killed four alpacas, an emu, and a fox before being subdued by zoo authorities.
During the escape, the zoo was closed, so there were no injuries to humans.
In a statement, the zoo said: "The team responded immediately to the incident".
While it has not happened in quite a long time, the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is not a stranger to an escaped jaguar.
The incident occurred at 7:20 a.m. local time when Valerio, a 3-year-old jaguar, slipped out of its habitat. We are still investigating, and no animals will be housed in this enclosure until the investigation and repairs are completed. Burks said the zoo will investigate the incident, including how the jaguar got free. The zoo said the jaguar was sedated and secured in its night house.
"Certainly his behaviour wasn't out of the ordinary for that kind of an animal, and he's just a normal jaguar as far as we are concerned.""We care for these animals every day", the zoo's managing director, Kyle Burks, said Saturday at a press conference.
"As of early this morning, our fox, Rusty faired well overnight, he will continue to be monitored and treated by expert animal care professionals", officials said. Forman also said that the staff would be provided with appropriate grief counseling in the coming days.
"The safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals is our number one priority".
Valerio was born at the San Diego Zoo in March 2015 and moved to New Orleans in October 2017.
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