Jaguar escapes at Audubon Zoo, killing six other animals before recapture

Jaguar escapes at Audubon Zoo, killing six other animals before recapture

A jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and killed six animals on Saturday morning.

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

It happened before the zoo was open to the public.

"He's a young male jaguar", Hamilton said".

The jaguar was sedated and returned to its area, zoo officials said.

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




It was not immediately clear how the animal escaped. No animals or humans were injured in that escape.

"We take this situation very seriously and we're working to investigate everything that happened so we could prevent anything like this from happening again " Burks said.

Unfortunately, the damage had already been done in that short period of time that the jaguar was on the loose. "Certainly his behavior wasn't out of the ordinary for that kind of an animal". Lions and tigers are the only big cats that are bigger than jaguars, making the felines the biggest in the Americas.

The zoo, originated from a bird habitat built in 1916, is a "58-acre jewel ranking among the nation's best zoos", according to the Audubon Nature Institute, which oversees the zoo and other properties. The zoo is in Uptown New Orleans between Audubon Park and the Mississippi River.

Audubon Zoo said the dead alpacas were called Noel, Micia, Alexandria and Lil Melody, the emu was called Elmo, and the fox was named Maggie Mae. Officials believe it's the most serious incident the zoo has experienced in its 100-year history.

Forman insisted visitors should feel safe coming to the zoo.

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