According to the administration, similar incidents in the zoo were not at least the last 50 years.
The tragedy occurred at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans on July 14th before the opening, at about 7.20 am local time. A 3-year-old male jaguar named Valerio somehow managed to get out of the cage and tore up four alpacas, one emu and one fox in neighboring cages, before the vets managed to put him to sleep (about an hour after the start of the escape). Then the jaguar was securely insulated in the overnight stay.
Valerio managed to injure three more animals, but they were promptly provided with medical assistance. There are no victims among people. The administration of the zoo is shocked by what happened and states that this is the first time that animals in the zoo have been killing each other for at least the last 50 years. However, the vice president of the zoo, Jack Hamilton (Jack Hamilton) noted that the jaguar “did what the jaguars do.” A possible cause of the incident is called territorial disagreement between the zoo inhabitants.
The bitter irony of the situation is that in February of this year, in a post on the official page of the zoo on Facebook, Valerio was called “a great sweet mischievous” and invited visitors to be convinced of this within the framework of the Jaguar Jungle exhibition.