Eighth animal dies after jaguar escapes Audubon Zoo habitat


It remains unclear how the animal escaped from its enclosure.

A seventh animal has died after a jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.

While there were no people injured, "sadly, four alpacas, one emu and one fox" were all killed, the zoo said in a statement.

A jaguar escaped its enclosure at New Orleans' Audubon Zoo on Saturday morning (local time) and killed six other animals.

Zoo officials say Copper the fox, who was in critical condition following the attack, has died from his injuries.

The zoo was closed Saturday but said it will reopen Sunday. A fox, Maggie Mae, and an emu, Elmo, also died in the incident Saturday. Initial findings concluded keeper error was not a factor in this incident.

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The zoo says that nothing will happen to Valerio, such as being put down, because "it was just doing what jaguars do".

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.

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

The zoo is home to two jaguars.

As well as grief counselors being on-site this morning for staff, we will be working with a child psychologist for our Zoo campers tomorrow to assist parents and children coping with this situation.