Jaguar escapes habitat at zoo in New Orleans, kills 6 animals

Jaguar escapes habitat at zoo in New Orleans, kills 6 animals

Jaguar escapes habitat at zoo in New Orleans, kills 6 animals

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

Valero attacked four alpacas, one emu and a fox.

No animals or humans were hurt in that incident.

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

According to the zoo's website, jaguars are the largest felines in the Americas, and the third largest in the world, known for their powerful bite.

The 3-year-old male jaguar, Valerio, got out of his enclosure around 7:20 a.m., before the zoo opened, according to Managing Director Dr. Kyle Burks. The jaguar is housed in a location called the "Jaguar Jungle" which also houses the alpaca enclosure and other animals.

While it has not happened in quite a long time, the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is not a stranger to an escaped jaguar.

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He said: "Our staff truly care about these animals, not just care for them".

"We care for these animals every day". Vice President and General Curator Jack Hamilton said the jaguar was "doing what jaguars do".

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

Zookeepers say losing these animals is like losing loved ones.

A zoo statement read: 'Our animals are our family.

Valerio was born at the San Diego Zoo in March 2015 and was moved to New Orleans in October 2017. For WDSU's original story, see the attached link.

"The zoo, it's been here for 100 years", Forman said. "We closed the zoo today to help our team mourn", Burks said. "So I think statistically there's nothing to worry about the safety of coming to the zoo".

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