Jaguar escapes at New Orleans zoo, kills 6 animals

Jaguar escapes New Orleans zoo enclosure, killing 4 alpacas, an emu and a fox

Jaguar Escapes Habitat At Audubon Zoo In New Orleans, Kills Six Other Animals

A New Orleans zoo remained closed on Saturday after a jaguar escaped its habitat and killed six other animals. Today is a hard day for the Audubon family.

Around 7:20 a.m., an adult male jaguar escaped its habitat, according to officials.

The Advocate confirmed that by 8:15 a.m. local time in New Orleans, the jaguar had been captured after being out for less than an hour.

Kyle Burks, vice president and managing director for the zoo, said at a news conference that Valerio was sedated by a team of veterinarians and the animal was returned and secured in his area. However, four alpacas, one emu and one fox were attacked and killed by the jaguar.

An "after action review" is taking place to determine how the killer cat got free.

The spokesperson says the Audubon team performs drills multiples times a year for incidents such like this. The zoo said it plans to investigate how the escape happened.

Zoo officials said they will not put the jaguar down under any circumstance.

The zoo announced it would be closed for the rest of the day Saturday and will reopen to the public Sunday at 10 a.m. The zoo is inspected by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and was reaccredited last April.

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