Jaguar escapes New Orleans zoo enclosure, kills six other animals

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

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

It's not the first time an animal has escaped in Audubon Zoo.

The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans was forced to close on Saturday after a jaguar escaped its habitat and killed six other zoo animals.

No animals or humans were hurt in that incident.

The zoo posted on social media that it would be closed on Saturday and reopen on Sunday. The large feline was first reported missing at 7.20am, but was only spotted nearly one hour later, when it was tranquilised and returned to its enclosure. One additional alpaca and two foxes were also injured in the incident, but survived and are being cared for by veterinarians, according to WDSU-TV.

Joel Hamilton, the zoo's vice president, said there were no plans to put down the jaguar because "it was doing what jaguars do".

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

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The animals it pounced on were unable to escape their own enclosures. But none of those incidents led to other animals being harmed or killed.

In the spring of 2017, a British zookeeper was mauled after being trapped in the Hamerton Park Zoo's tiger enclosure with at least one of the big cats. They're under the care of the zoo's vet team but are expected to be okay.

He adds they are inspected by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and the zoo was recently re-accredited in April.

But he said staff were devastated about the killed animals.

"He's a young male jaguar", Hamilton said". "So, we have a responsibility to protect them". For WDSU's original story, see the attached link.

"The zoo, it's been here for 100 years", Forman said. "In over 100 year period, we've never had an incident to create a problem for the public".

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