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Escaped Jaguar Goes On Killing Spree in US Zoo

Creature kills six animals before it's captured
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2018 5:00 PM CDT
Jaguar Escapes, Goes On Killing Spree in US Zoo
The Audubon Zoo closed after a jaguar escaped from its habitat and killed six animals, according to a release from zoo officials, Saturday, July 14, 2018 in New Orleans.   (Brett Duke/The Times-Picayune via AP)

(Newser) – Staff members at a New Orleans zoo are grieving Saturday after a jaguar escaped its confines and killed six animals, the Times-Picayune reports. How the Audubon Zoo's 3-year-old jaguar got out at 7:20am is unclear, but it killed four alpaca, an emu, and a fox before being captured and returned to its night house about an hour later. The jaguar was kept in a glass-fronted "Jaguar Jungle" exhibit along with a 21-year-old jaguar. The alpacas (South American camelids similar to llamas) are part of the same exhibit along with bats, red-eyed tree frogs, giant cave roaches, and night owl monkeys, among other creatures. "We care for these animals every day," says Kyle Burks, a top official at the zoo, per CNN. "We close the zoo today to help our team mourn." (Read more zoo stories.)

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