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

The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is seen in June 2014

A jaguar escaped an enclosure at a New Orleans zoo Saturday and killed six animals before he was recaptured.

According to a press release posted on the Audubon Nature Institute's website, an adult male jaguar escaped from its habitat around 7:20 a.m. Saturday morning. The zoo was closed to the public at the time of the escape. The employee then secured himself in a building and alerted the rest of the staff. The large cat, named Valerio, mauled four alpaca, an emu and a fox in nearby habitats before it was sedated by the zoo's veterinary team less than an hour later.

"We care for these animals every day". Three others animals were also injured.

The zoo's vice president, Joel Hamilton, went on to say that while the incident was heartbreaking, they will not put Valerio down because he "was doing what jaguars do".

"This is a sad day for the Audubon family including our staff, volunteers, supporters and our community".

An investigation will take place to determine how the jaguar escaped its enclosure.

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"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."
In that time period, we've had over 100 million visitors to the zoo.

"These animals belong to the public, they're part of nature", Forman said.

"And it's because you're dealing with animals that, at their genetic core, are built differently than we might like them to be". We've never had an incident like that before.

In a statement, the zoo said: "The team responded immediately to the incident".

The zoo was closed on Saturday as officials tried to discover how the feline escaped, and grief counsellors were brought in for traumatised staff.

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