A jaguar escaped an enclosure at a New Orleans zoo Saturday and killed six animals before he was recaptured.
"The zoo, it's been here for 100 years", Forman said.
The zoo is to remain closed for the day due to the unsafe situation from Saturday morning.
"This is a devastating loss for our team". "We closed the zoo today to help our team mourn". Forman also said that the staff would be provided with appropriate grief counseling in the coming days.
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No people were injured, and the animal was secured in its night house, officials said.
The zoo announced it would be closed for the rest of the day Saturday and will reopen to the public Sunday at 10 a.m.
Horrified witnesses said they could see zookeepers sprinting to the edge of the tiger enclosure, throwing pieces of meat as an unsuccessful distraction.
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When a reporter asked if this is normal for the jaguar, Burks responded, "This behavior isn't out of the ordinary for this kind of animal".
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Zoo officials are launching an investigation into what occurred.
At 7:20 a.m., a staff member saw Valerio outside of his enclosure.
"We're looking at every possible cause", Kyle Burks, the zoo's vice president and managing director, said at a news conference at the zoo.
"The safety of our guests and our staff and our animals is our number one priority and we take this situation very seriously and are working to investigate everything that happened so we can prevent anything like this from happening again".
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