A jaguar at a New Orleans zoo slipped out of its enclosure and went on a rampage sometime on Saturday night, killing four alpacas, an emu and a fox trapped in their own habitats before zoo officials managed to sedate it.
The zoo was closed on Saturday but will reopen at 10am on Sunday. No humans were hurt. An alpaca and two foxes were injured in the attack and are now being cared for, zoo officials said.
In a statement, the zoo said: "The team responded immediately to the incident".
An "after action review" is taking place to determine how the killer cat got free.
The zoo says that nothing will happen to Valerio, such as being put down, because "it was just doing what jaguars do".
That, or he's back in his enclosure, plotting his next escape.
Jaguar Escapes Habitat At Audubon Zoo In New Orleans, Kills Six Other Animals
Such breakdowns, experts have told The Washington Post, do not happen only at shoddy zoos with slapdash animal-care practices. "This is by far the biggest tragedy we've had".
"The animal care team is devastated by this tragic loss".
In this photo taken August 17, 2011, a jaguar walks in a public zoo.
"The safety of our guests, staff, volunteers, and animals is our number one priority". Forman also said that the staff would be provided with appropriate grief counseling in the coming days.
Valerio was born at the San Diego Zoo in March 2015 and was moved to New Orleans in October 2017.
"At about 7:20 our staff saw that our three-year-old male jaguar Valerio was outside of his enclosure, and the zoo was closed at that time", Audubon Zoo Vice President Kyle Burks said. In 2001, a cub named Mulac escaped for about 10 minutes before he was brought down with a tranquilliser dart.