Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Jaguar escapes habitat at zoo and kills 6 animals

Jaguar escapes habitat at zoo and kills 6 animals

A jaguar escaped from its habitat and killed six animals at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans on Saturday, causing the zoo to shut down for the day.

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

"In over a 100 year period, we've never had any incident like this", said Ron Forman, the president and CEO of Audubon Nature Institute at press conference on Saturday.

Around 7:20 a.m. on Saturday morning, a male jaguar went rogue from his habitat and began making his way around the zoo's enclosures.

The three-year-old jaguar, named Valerio, killed four alpacas, an emu and a fox in nearby habitats before it was sedated by the zoo's veterinary team less than an hour later.

The animal's escape remains under investigation. Officials said the killings appeared to stem from territorial disputes.

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In 2016, zookeeper Stacey Konwiser, 38, was killed while preparing the "night house" at the Palm Beach Zoo.

"Nothing is going to happen to the jaguar itself".

There were no human injures. Authorities say the zoo was closed to the public at the time of the escape and no humans were injured. The jaguar was kept in a glass-fronted "Jaguar Jungle" exhibit along with a 21-year-old jaguar. Valerio is a "normal jaguar". He is incredibly smart and loves learning new training behaviors. Our staff truly care about these animals, not just care for these animals.

A few animals at Audubon have escaped over the years, including a 70-pound cub in 2001 and two monkeys in 2013, according to the Times-Picayune.

In addition to the slain animals, three other injured animals were being cared for.

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