Jaguar escapes habitat at Audubon Zoo, kills 6 animals

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

Donze said a review will take place, as well as an investigation to find out how the jaguar escaped.

The Audubon Zoo is investigating after a jaguar managed to escape its enclosure Saturday morning.

No humans were injured, although the circumstances of the escape sparked a worrisome thought at what might have been: The "jaguar jungle" is also home to a children's play area.

The zoo was closed Saturday but said it will reopen Sunday.

By 8:15 it had been spotted, tranquillised and returned to its enclosure by veterinary surgeons. After the capture of the jaguar, the zoo did decide to remain closed for the rest of Saturday.

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

The jaguar's attack on other animals was likely territorial, rather than driven by a desire to hunt for food, officials said. It was not immediately clear how the animal escaped. The zoo had not yet opened for the day. But none of those incidents led to other animals being harmed or killed.

No people were injured, the zoo said. "So, we have a responsibility to protect them". They added that the zoo passed accreditations in April 2018, and must go through the accreditation process every five years.

"Nothing is going to happen to the jaguar itself". For WDSU's original story, see the attached link. It is situated in Uptown New Orleans, between Audubon Park and the Mississippi River.

"The zoo, it's been here for 100 years", Forman said.

Forman insisted visitors should feel safe coming to the zoo. "In over 100 year period, we've never had an incident to create a problem for the public".

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