Jaguar escapes enclosure at New Orleans zoo, kills 6 animals

A jaguar was on the loose inside New Orleans' Audubon Zoo for nearly an hour Saturday morning before veterinarians sedated him. It's unclear if the jaguar pictured is the one that escaped. File Photo courtesy of the Audubon Zoo

July 14 (UPI) — A jaguar escaped its enclosure at New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo on Saturday morning, killing four alpacas, an emu and a fox, zoo officials said.

The adult male jaguar escaped its habitat around 7:20 a.m., before the zoo was open to the public. By 8:15 a.m., veterinarians sedated the animal and secured him in his night house.

During his escape, though, he attacked the other animals in their nearby habitats.

“The animal care team is devastated by this tragic loss,” a release from the zoo said. “Today is a difficult day for the Audubon family.”

The zoo closed for the day Saturday, but said it would reopen Sunday.

The zoo was investigating how the jaguar managed to escape his enclosure.


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