A Jaguar That Was Part of the Olympic Torch Ceremony in Brazil Had to Be Shot after It Escaped

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If we ever needed a symbol of the fiasco going on in Brazil as the country scrambles to host the 2016 Summer Games, I think we may have found it. Yesterday, a jaguar was present at the Olympic torch ceremony in the city of Manaus, because the mascot of the games is a cartoon jaguar.

The animal, which was chained next to the torch, got free, then refused to succumb to a tranquilizing dart. It approached a soldier, who shot it with a pistol, killing it. The whole thing sounds pretty stupid, reckless, and completely preventable.

The committee responsible for the fiasco made this statement:

“We made a mistake in permitting the Olympic torch, a symbol of peace and unity, to be exhibited alongside a chained wild animal. This image goes against our beliefs and our values. We guarantee that there will be no more such incidents at Rio 2016.”

Get excited for the 2016 Rio Games, folks.

Hat Tip – [Reuters]

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