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

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

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

Audubon Zoo officials are investigating what led to a jaguar escaping from its enclosure Saturday morning before killing six animals and injuring others.

Around 7:20 a.m., an adult male jaguar escaped its habitat, according to officials. "The animal care team is devastated by this tragic loss", Audubon Zoo Communications Specialist Frank Donze said. "We care for these animals every day and so we've closed the zoo today to help our team mourn and to help conduct our investigation", Burks said. Three other animals were being treated after the incident.

Two injured foxes survived overnight.

"We perform drills for just these situations multiple times a year and have protocols in place".

He added: 'Nothing's going to happen to the jaguar itself.

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"He's a young male jaguar - he was doing what jaguars do", Joel Hamilton, the zoo's general curator, said.

"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.

"I was scared. I was like wait, did anybody get hurt? They are created to be wild animals", he said.

During an afternoon briefing, the zoo reassured the public that the jaguar, named Valerio, will not be euthanized and remains safe.

Fortunately, there were no human injuries reported and the other piece of good news is that the Audubon Zoo had not yet opened for the day. Zoo keepers found them in a secondary containment area and were able to lure them back into their den.

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