One minute, you’re an official Olympic mascot. The next minute, you’re a carpet. That’s life in a country like Brazil, where clowns get elected to high office and political candidates hand out cocaine for votes. Just moments after being feted during a torch-lighting ceremony in Manaus, Olympic mascot Juma the jaguar was shot and killed by the Brazilian army. Apparently the jaguar escaped the truck taking her back to the CIGS Zoo (a zoo maintained by the Brazilian army for animals they capture on jungle patrols) and efforts to recapture her were unsuccessful.
“Efforts were made to capture the animal by firing tranquilizers. But even though the animal was hit, it still advanced towards a soldier that was stationed nearby,” said a statement issued Brazil’s Amazon Military Command, who were responsible for the incident. “As a safety procedure and aiming to protect the soldier and the handlers, a pistol was used to shoot the animal. She died at the scene.”
Of course, at issue is the fact that Juma wasn’t supposed to be used as a mascot in the first place. Another jaguar, Simba, was supposed to be the mascot. The Amazon Environmental Institute is going to investigate. The Brazilian Army faces a fine of up to $8000 if they are found to have breached environmental regulations.
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