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More animals die after escaped jaguar goes on killing spree at New Orleans zoo

Jaguar escapes habitat at Audubon Zoo, kills animals
Jaguar escapes habitat at Audubon Zoo, kills animals 01:12

NEW ORLEANS -- Nine animals have now died after a jaguar escaped from its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The zoo announced that an injured fox died Monday morning.

CBS affiliate WWL-TV reports an alpaca and fox died Sunday, the day after the male jaguar killed four alpacas, one emu and one fox Saturday morning. The jaguar was captured and returned to its night house after being sedated by a vet team.

No people were hurt and the zoo was reopened Sunday.

The zoo acquired the alpacas in March from farms in Alabama and Mississippi. The alpaca that died overnight Sunday was the zoo's last living alpaca.

It's not immediately clear how the animal escaped. Zoo officials say inspections found that the roof was "compromised," but initial findings concluded that keeper error was not a factor.

"This continues to be a sad time for the Audubon family," officials wrote. "We appreciate the continued overwhelming support."

In a Facebook post in February, the zoo called the jaguar named Valerio a "big lovable goofball" and encouraged visitors to see him in its "Jaguar Jungle" exhibit.

Meet Valerio, our male jaguar! He is incredibly smart and loves learning new training behaviors. His care staff describe...

Posted by Audubon Zoo on Tuesday, February 27, 2018
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