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Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Jaguar escapes at Audubon Zoo, kills 6 animals

Jaguar escapes at Audubon Zoo, kills 6 animals

The Audubon Zoo is closed after a jaguar escaped its exhibit Saturday morning, attacking and killing six other animals.

The Audubon Zoo said in a statement that the jaguar escaped around 7:30 a.m. before the zoo was open for the day.

Staff and security were able to sedate the jaguar by 8:15 a.m., but authorities said four alpaca, an emu, and a fox who were in nearby habitats did not survive.

An "after action review" is taking place to determine how the killer cat got free.

Another alpaca, called Daisy, was injured - as were two foxes called Copper and Rusty. A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The jaguar has been captured and sedated, according to WDSU.

We are offering grief counseling to our staff to ensure they are supported during this time.

"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", he said, according to CNN.

Dr Kyle Burks, the zoo's managing director: "These are our family and we have had such a great response on social media, from people sharing how they feel for our team and I can't say how much we appreciate that". A similar animal escaped its enclosure Saturday at a zoo in New Orleans. In 2001, a 70-pound cub named Mulac got loose for about 10 minutes before he was brought down with a tranquilizer dart. No animals or humans were injured in that escape.

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