Jaguar escapes zoo cage, kills 8 animals

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A jaguar has killed eight animals after it escaped its zoo enclosure and went on a almost hour-long killing spree.

A seventh animal has died after a jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The big cat went on a rampage before he was sedated at about 8.15am. He killed four alpacas, an emu, and a fox before being subdued by zoo authorities. The alpaca that died overnight Sunday was the zoo's last living alpaca.

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

The zoo, which was slated to reopen Sunday, said a fifth alpaca died overnight.

"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. Zoo officials say inspections found that the roof was "compromised", but initial findings concluded that keeper error was not a factor.

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

"We certainly are not going to euthanise the animal over this". The other is a female, named Ix Chel, who was in a separate indoor enclosure when Valerio broke out.

The zoo is offering grief counseling to their staff in response to the incident.