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It remains unclear how the animal escaped from its enclosure.

The zoo will open to the public again today, however the jaguar habitat will remain closed. The alpaca that died overnight Sunday was the zoo's last living alpaca.

Officials with the Audubon Zoo have announced that the zoo will be closed Saturday after a jaguar escaped its habitat and killed six other animals. A fox, Maggie Mae, and an emu, Elmo, also died in the incident Saturday.

In a Saturday afternoon update, zoo officials said their initial inspection suggested the roof of the jaguar habitat was "compromised".




"We are certainly not going to euthanize the animal over this", said Joel Hamilton, vice president and general curator for the zoo. Releases from the zoo indicate that they have ruled out keeper error as the cause of the escape. "Unfortunately, it was doing what jaguars do", Mr Burks said. The jaguar was quickly located inside the zoo, tranquilized and returned to its sleeping quarters.

The zoo is continuing to investigate what led to the escape of Valerio. The other is a female, named Ix Chel, who was in a separate indoor enclosure when Valerio broke out.

As well as grief counselors being on-site this morning for staff, we will be working with a child psychologist for our Zoo campers tomorrow to assist parents and children coping with this situation.


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