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

Eighth animal dies after jaguar escapes Audubon Zoo habitat

Eighth animal dies after jaguar escapes Audubon Zoo habitat

It is not immediately clear how the animal escaped.

According to a press release posted on the Audubon Nature Institute's website, an adult male jaguar escaped from its habitat around 7:20 a.m. Saturday morning. As of Sunday afternoon, the zoo reported that five of the alpaca, two foxes, and the emu had all perished from their injuries.

The animals were attacked Saturday morning, when a jaguar escaped an exhibit, initially killing 6 other animals.

A third fox was also injured.

The zoo plans to reopen Sunday, July 15 at 10 a.m.

"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.

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No explanation has been given for the jaguar's escape, but the zoo said an "after-action review" is taking place, as well as an investigation into how the jaguar escaped.

Officials have said the jaguar will not be euthanized in the wake of the incident.

"Unfortunately, it was doing what jaguars do", he said. Zoo officials say inspections found that the roof was "compromised", and initial findings concluded keeper error was not a factor.

"We certainly are not going to euthanise the animal over this".

The zoo has brought in grief counsellors and a child psychologist for staff and visitors who may have been affected.

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