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Two escaped jaguars shot dead in Greek zoo

Two rare jaguars (Panthera onca) have been killed earlier this month after the escapade in Attica zoo near Athens. The animal rights groups are indignant about the incident, demonstrating the utter disregard of life of rare spices.

The incident happened earlier in December but it was only revealed through an announcement by the Attica Zoological park this week.

According to the announcement, the two big cats, named Jenny and Spotty, escaped their controlled area, triggering the security protocol.

The announcement says that there was no danger to visitors and the staff during the incident, but it does not specify exactly how the two animals escaped.

“While every effort is made to prevent the escape of potentially deadly animals, it is impossible to predict all possible circumstances, and occasionally, such animals do manage to leave their enclosures, causing a very real risk of injury or death to people in the vicinity” said the text of the statement signed by David Williams-Mitchell Director of Communications of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria  (EAZA).

The explanation of the killing given was that anesthesia cannot be effective with such animals has raised outrage in social media. Many Greek animal rights activists users cited the incident at a New Orleans zoo in July when a vet team sedated a jaguar that had escaped from its habitat and killed six animals.

Jaguars have the strongest bite force of all cats and they kill their prey by biting through the skull. They enjoy a good dip and are excellent swimmers. In fact, they typically live near water and have a taste for aquatic creatures. (Video above).

Jaguar cubs starring in Mexico park

Two jaguar cubs are the new stars at Teotihuacan wildlife park in Mexico charming tourists eagerly streaming to the site to admire them, but even more so a huge global internet audience, fascinated by big cats (#bigcats).

The female cubs, who have not been named yet, had to be separated from their parents when just 18 days old as one of them developed a skin condition that caused the decision  of caretakers to start the treatment.

After the treatment the cubs were not returned to their mother to avoid risks of hostilities as her possible reaction on human scent.

Nursed back to health, the cubs are happily playing with their caretakers, who feed them using  baby bottles.

“Seeing them up close, hearing them, smelling them, touching them. You can never forget that, and it awakens you to something bigger,” said Luis Gonzales, the manager of Animal Kingdom in San Juan Teotihuacan.

Jaguars are the largest #bigcats in the Americas, and the third-largest in the world, after lions and tigers.

However they are also “very meticulous killers,” Gonzalez continued, while cuddling two charming cubs. Being able to approach them this close is a powerful experience of wild nature, he added.

Animal Kingdom is trying to capitalize on its young celebrities to teach visitors, especially children, about conservation.

Children are the ones who will inherit these species, and this planet,” said Gonzalez.

Jaguars are classified as a “near-threatened” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which says their population has declined by about a quarter in the past two decades.