9 animals dead after jaguar escape at New Orleans zoo

Published 07-17-2018

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Officials at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans say nine animals have died after being attacked by a jaguar that escaped its enclosure.

Zoo officials announced the ninth animal death Monday: a wounded fox named Rusty.

No people were injured when Valerio, a 3-year-old male jaguar, escaped Saturday morning before the zoo's scheduled opening. The big cat was captured within an hour. But the eventual animal death toll was three foxes, five alpacas and an emu.

How the jaguar escaped remained under investigation.

In a news release, the zoo said initial findings pointed to a break in cable barrier on the roof of the jaguar exhibit.

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