Jaguar escapes enclosure at Texas zoo, attacks monkey

Another jaguar also was secured. Estrella was tranquilized using a dart gun then placed in a holding pen.


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Abilene Zoo Executive Director Bill Gersonde says staff discovered 2-year-old Estrella missing Monday morning before the zoo opened for the day.

He didn’t elaborate. Gersonde said at a news conference that the doors to the jaguar enclosure are secure and that there was never any threat to the public.

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ABILENE, Texas — Officials insist there was no risk to the public when a jaguar escaped its enclosure and attacked a monkey at a Texas zoo, even though they don’t know how the big cat got loose.

Estrella was found soon after atop a neighbouring exhibit holding spider monkeys. Gersonde says it appears Estrella reached inside and seriously injured the monkey, which has been euthanized.

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