Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dead Juma: Jaguar killed moments after serving as mascot for Olympic torch ceremony, sparking outrage

AP


Another Cat bites the dust! 
Sorry, Kitty, but you had to go! 

Fox NewsLatino reports an Amazon jaguar was shot dead only moments after having been named the “mascot” for an Olympic torch ceremony in the remote Brazilian city of Manaus.

Juma, a female jaguar, was just yards away from the Olympic torch, where she was held at bay by two guards with chains around her neck.
Following the event, however, Juma escaped from a truck that was carrying her back to her zoo cage.

While a team of vets tried to recapture her by sedating her with tranquilizers, they failed to make an immediate impact on the jungle cat. A Brazilian soldier opened fire on her – saying that she had reportedly come close to attacking another soldier.

“Efforts were made to capture the animal by firing tranquilizers. But even though the animal was hit, it still advanced towards a soldier that was stationed nearby,” Brazil's Amazon Military Command said in a statement . “As a safety procedure and aiming to protect the soldier and the handlers, a pistol was used to shoot the animal. She died at the scene.”


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