Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Eighth animal dies after jaguar escapes Audubon Zoo habitat

Eighth animal dies after jaguar escapes Audubon Zoo habitat

Eight animals have now died after a jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.

Joel Hamilton, the zoo's general curator, said the cat was "doing what jaguars do". "We're looking at every possible cause", Kyle Burks, the zoo's vice president and managing director, said at a news conference at the zoo. An investigation is underway and we will release information when available. Zoo officials say inspections found that the roof was "compromised", but initial findings concluded that keeper error was not a factor.

"As of early this morning, our fox, Rusty faired well overnight, he will continue to be monitored and treated by expert animal care professionals", officials said. Noel, Micia, Alexandria and Lil Melody died Saturday. "The fox was named Maggie Mae and the emu was called Elmo".

"Veterinarians had to prepare tranquilizers and position themselves to get a good line of sight". Once darted, the jaguar was sedated within minutes.

"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, " Burks said.

That, or he's back in his enclosure, plotting his next escape.

It is not immediately clear how the animal escaped.

This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished with permission.

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