Alpaca, fox who survived initial jaguar attack at Audubon Zoo dies overnight

16 July, 2018, 07:11 | Author: Kristi Owen
  • Fox is 9th casualty after jaguar's weekend escape at zoo

It's not immediately clear how the animal escaped.

Valerio, a male three-year-old jaguar, escaped his habitat on Saturday about 7.20am while the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans was closed. He killed four alpacas, an emu, and a fox before being subdued by zoo authorities.

No people were injured during the escape, and the zoo remained closed on Saturday.

"Daisy, our alpaca, did not survive overnight and succumbed to her injuries from the incident", said Audubon officials in a release late Sunday morning.

A jaguar escaped its enclosure at New Orleans' Audubon Zoo on Saturday morning (local time) and killed six other animals.

A third fox was also injured. They say initial reports conclude that keeper error was not a factor.


Despite the horrific rampage, zoo vet Frank Burks told reporters Valerio would not be euthanised.

"We are certainly not going to euthanize the animal over this", said Joel Hamilton, vice president and general curator for the zoo.

"Unfortunately, it was doing what jaguars do", he said.

The zoo is home to two jaguars.

"We are still investigating how this happened", the zoo said.

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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