Audubon Zoo closed Saturday after jaguar escapes habitat and kills 6 animals

The jaguar was sedated and returned to its area zoo officials said

The jaguar was sedated and returned to its area zoo officials said

A jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and killed six animals.

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.

The zoo is to remain closed for the day due to the risky situation from Saturday morning. Four alpaca, an emu and a fox in nearby enclosures were killed by the jaguar.

The Advocate confirmed that by 8:15 a.m. local time in New Orleans, the jaguar had been captured after being out for less than an hour.

The park was closed at the time and no humans were injured during the incident.

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Zoo officials said it wasn't clear how Valero managed to escape his habitat.

An investigation is underway to figure out how the jaguar escaped its exhibit.

"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", he said, according to CNN.

No. It remained closed all day.

"Additionally, we have three other animals that are being cared for right now, they've got the best professional care out there, and we hope for them a speedy recovery", said Burks. "We closed the zoo today to help our team mourn", Burks said.

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