Jaguar escapes at New Orleans zoo, killing six other animals before recapture

The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is seen in June 2014

The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is seen in June 2014

A jaguar escaped from its habitat and killed six animals at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans on Saturday, causing the zoo to shut down for the day.

Fortunately, there were no human injuries reported and the other piece of good news is that the Audubon Zoo had not yet opened for the day.

"The animal care team is devastated by this tragic loss", a news release from the zoo says.

"One of our staff saw our 3-year-old male jaguar Valerio, was outside of his enclosure, and the zoo was closed at that time", said Dr. Kyle Burks, Vice President and Managing Director of Audubon Zoo. However, four alpacas, one emu and one fox were attacked and killed by the jaguar.

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The big cat's enclosure is located in a part of the park called Jaguar Jungle, which is also home to a children's play area, as well as exhibits featuring bats, giant cave roaches, tarantulas and poison arrow frogs.

The zoo announced that it would remain closed through Saturday, but would reopen Sunday.

"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. His care staff describe. A similar animal escaped its enclosure Saturday at a zoo in New Orleans.

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