A jaguar escaped from its enclosure at a New Orleans zoo on Saturday and killed six other animals as it rampaged through the grounds.
It was not immediately clear how the animal got out of its habitat, and zoo officials said they were investigating.
Valero managed to attack numerous fellow zoo animals, killing four alpaca, one emu, and one fox in adjacent habitats.
Officials said there are protocols in place if an escape happened during hours where the zoo would have been open, and employees run drills multiple times a year to prepare for that situation.
According to a statement from the zoo, the staff and security quickly implemented the correct plan to ensure staff safety.
According to the zoo's website, jaguars are the largest felines in the Americas, and the third largest in the world, known for their powerful bite.
During an afternoon briefing, the zoo reassured the public that the jaguar, named Valerio, will not be euthanized and remains safe.
The animals it pounced on were unable to escape their own enclosures.
'We receive inspections a few times a year from Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1981, ' Forman said.
"The animal care team is devastated by this tragic loss", said Frank Donze, Audubon Zoo communications specialist.
"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.
An investigation is underway to figure out how the jaguar escaped its exhibit.
"Certainly his behaviour wasn't out of the ordinary for that kind of an animal, and he's just a normal jaguar as far as we are concerned.""Today is a hard day for the Audubon family", a statement from the Audobon Nature Institute said. "So, we have a responsibility to protect them".
Horrified witnesses said they could see zookeepers sprinting to the edge of the tiger enclosure, throwing pieces of meat as an unsuccessful distraction. "In over 100 year period, we've never had an incident to create a problem for the public".