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2 More Zoo Animals Die From Jaguar Attack

New Orleans zoo says roof was 'compromised'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 16, 2018 3:54 AM CDT
Ron Forman, center, President and CEO of the Audubon Nature Institute, speaks during a press conference at the Audubon Zoo, Saturday, July 14, 2018 in New Orleans.   (Brett Duke/The Times-Picayune via AP)
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(Newser) – Eight animals have now died after a jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. NOLA.com reports an alpaca and fox died Sunday, the day after the male jaguar killed four alpacas, one emu, and one fox Saturday morning. The jaguar was captured and returned to its night house after being sedated by a veterinary team. No people were hurt and the zoo was reopened Sunday. The zoo acquired the alpacas in March from farms in Alabama and Mississippi. The alpaca that died overnight Sunday was the zoo's last living alpaca. One injured fox continues to be monitored. It's not clear how the animal escaped, the AP reports. Zoo officials say inspections found that the roof was "compromised," but initial findings concluded that keeper error was not a factor.

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