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Brief, limited getaway for Hattiesburg zoo jaguar

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Posted: Dec 14, 2013 1:40 PM
Source: Associated Press

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Officials at the Hattiesburg Zoo say a jaguar briefly got out of its main holding area before the zoo opened Saturday.

Zoo spokeswoman Christy Fariley said the animal never got outside of a secondary containment area that cannot be accessed by visitors. She said the public was never in danger, although police were notified as part of normal zoo procedures.

Employees sedated the animal and returned it safely to its holding area. The zoo has not yet released information on how the jaguar got out of its main holding area.

Fariley said the zoo was open Saturday for normal visiting hours.

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