A Jaguar Escaped After An Olympic Torch Relay Ceremony And Was Shot Dead

The jaguar, which was standing near the torch lighters during the ceremony, was shot and killed by the Brazilian army after it ran off and charged at an officer.

A jaguar was shot and killed on Monday following the Olympic torch-lighting ceremony after it escaped its handlers and charged at an officer, the Amazon Military Command (CMA) said in a statement.

A jaguar was shot and killed on Monday following the Olympic torch-lighting ceremony after it escaped its handlers and charged at an officer, the Amazon Military Command (CMA) said in a statement.

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The female jaguar escaped inside of the Zoo’s Center of Jungle War Instruction in São Jorge, Manaus and was shot with a tranquilizer after she escaped, said the CMA.

The female jaguar escaped inside of the Zoo's Center of Jungle War Instruction in São Jorge, Manaus and was shot with a tranquilizer after she escaped, said the CMA.

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“The animal, even hit, went in the direction of a military that was in place,” said the military. “As security procedure to protect the physical integrity of the military and team treaters, the animal was shot with a pistol and died.”

The Brazilian Army has several jaguars in captivity, which have been listed as endangered by the country’s environmental protection agency since 2003.

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