Valerio got out of his enclosure at the Audubon Zoo Saturday. And by the time the jaguar was found and sedated, 8 animals had been killed.
One emu... two foxes... and 5 alpacas. The alpacas came from farms in Mobile and South Mississippi just a few months ago. One fox survived the attack.
A zoo employee spotted the jaguar outside his enclosure around 7am Saturday, and zoo veterinarians sedated him. The roof of his enclosure had been "compromised". It's been fixed now.
All of this happened before the zoo would have opened, but the zoo was closed Saturday to deal with the carnage. Audubon Zoo reopened Sunday.
As for Valerio, the zoo curator says he was just doing what jaguars do, and nothing will be done to him. He will NOT be euthanized.
And as for the staff at the zoo, who care for and care about these animals, counselors are being brought in to help them cope with this tragedy.
At Audubon Zoo: People return, but reminders of deadly escape linger https://t.co/P3v7Y0HfLt— NOLA.com (@NOLAnews) July 16, 2018
I taunt this jaguar every time I go the Audubon Zoo. Today he escaped and killed 4 alpacas, 1 emu and a fox. I’m glad I was a few miles away, because I’m sure he was looking for revenge. #audubonzoo https://t.co/hFFNVU3kzZ— Jeremy Mangerchine (@jmangerchine) July 14, 2018
I'm so sick of seeing jokes about that tragedy at #AudubonZoo. As a former volunteer who hopes to start volunteering there again as soon as the weather cools off, the people who volunteer and the AMAZING staff LOVE these animals. You learn their names and their personalities— Megan Ryals 🌈🦖🌈 (@Meryals) July 16, 2018
Jaguar escapes enclosure & kills 6 animals #AudubonZoo ‘just doing what jaguars do’. Whilst I’m glad he was not harmed unfortunately being caged is not one of the activities jaguars do.— Louise Pallister (@LouisePallister) July 15, 2018