Jaguar escapes at New Orleans zoo, kills 6 animals

Fox is 9th casualty after jaguar's weekend escape at zoo

Fox is 9th casualty after jaguar's weekend escape at zoo

A jaguar escaped from his habitat at the Audubon Zoo Saturday morning, killing six other animals before he was caught and sedated.

"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.

The zoo announced that it would remain closed through Saturday, but would reopen Sunday.

According to a statement from the zoo, the staff and security quickly implemented the correct plan to ensure staff safety.

The zoo's second jaguar, a female named Ix Chel, was in a separate indoor habitat when Valerio escaped.

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". Three others animals were also injured.

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A few animals at Audubon have escaped over the years, including a 70-pound cub in 2001 and two monkeys in 2013, according to the Times-Picayune. An investigation is ongoing and will continue until officials are able to determine just how the jaguar escaped its habitat.

Zoo officials said they will not put the jaguar down under any circumstance. 'Today is a hard day for the Audubon family'.

Such breakdowns, experts have told The Post, don't merely happen at shoddy zoos with slapdash animal-care practices.

"And it's because you're dealing with animals that, at their genetic core, are built differently than we might like them to be".

Forman insisted visitors should feel safe coming to the zoo.

But he said staff were devastated about the killed animals. "In over 100 year period, we've never had an incident to create a problem for the public".

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