Jaguar kills 4 alpacas, emu, fox at New Orleans zoo

Jaguar kills 4 alpacas, emu, fox at New Orleans zoo

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.

How the Audubon Zoo's 3-year-old jaguar got out at 7:20am is unclear, but it killed four alpaca, an emu, and a fox before being captured and returned to its night house about an hour later. No humans were hurt. "The animal care team is devastated by this tragic loss".

In their statement, officials added that due to the tragic loss it has been a hard day for the staff at the Audubon Zoo and that is why they will remain closed for the rest of Saturday. After the capture of the jaguar, the zoo did decide to remain closed for the rest of Saturday.

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"We care for these animals every day".

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

In a Facebook post in February, the zoo called Valerio the jaguar a "big lovable goofball" and encouraged visitors to see him in its "Jaguar Jungle" exhibit. An investigation is ongoing and will continue until officials are able to determine just how the jaguar escaped its habitat. We are taking this incident very seriously and working to investigate what happened to prevent a similar occurrence in the future. Zoo officials said this is the first time in at least 50 years that one of its animals has killed others. They're under the care of the zoo's vet team but are expected to be okay. The zoo had not yet opened for the day.

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