A couple of days ago I was speaking to some friends about the jaguar that escaped from his cage and killed a man in
on October 24, 2010, during Hurricane Richard. They were shocked to learn that this beautiful animal was put to sleep last Tuesday, October 26th. Belize
The jaguar escaped when a tree fell on his cage during the hurricane. He went on the loose and killed 47 year old Bruce Cullerton. Cullerton was found a few feet from his property gate with fatal bites to his neck, head and hand.
CNN originally reported that the jaguar was from the Belize Zoo, but it turned out that he was being raised on the private farm of Richard Foster, an internationally renowned British nature photographer who lives down the road from the Belize Zoo. Mr. Cullerton is the next door neighbor of Richard Foster, who has been keeping this jaguar at his farm for years.
The jaguar is the largest and most powerful cat in the
Western Hemisphere and has an exceptionally powerful bite. Jaguars are endangered species in and a sanctuary and preserve has been set aside for them. This unique sanctuary in Belize Southern Belize covers an area of almost 150 square miles and is the only jaguar preserve in the world. This tropical forest, the Cockcomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, was declared a Jaguar Preserve in 1986
Even though this animal was put to death, first and foremost to protect the lives of humans, the question remains as to why the animal wasn’t turned over to the Belize Zoo. I think it is wrong to keep an animal like this locked up in a small cage as a pet. It is clear to see that this animal was never tamed.
Do you think that jaguars should be allowed to be kept as pets in
, or anywhere for that matter? Someone has lost their life, but it is horrible that this animal was put to sleep. Who is to balme here? Belize
THE VIDEO BELOW GIVES YOU AN EXPLANATION FROM THE OWNER OF MAX, THE JAGUAR OF WHAT HAPPENED.