Juma The Jaguar Shot Dead By Soldiers After Rio Olympics Torch Ceremony

This is so awful!

A jaguar was shot dead in Manaus, Brazil on Monday after attempting to escape following a torch illuminating rite en route to the

When the torch passed by the zoo, handlers brought the cats out to be photographed. Shortly after, as she was being moved, Juma attempted to escape.

Soldiers tried to set her down with four tranquilizer darts, but they took too long to take effect. When Juma turned on one of the zoo’s veterinarians, she was shot dead. Colonel Luiz Gustavo Evelyn told:

“To protect the handler, it was sacrificed.”

The military says they are investigating the incident further.

RIP, Juma.

[ Image via AmazoniaReal/ Facebook .]

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