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Brief, limited getaway for Hattiesburg zoo jaguar

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - 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 off limits to visitors. She said the public was never in danger, although police were notified as part of normal zoo procedures.
    
The animal was sedated with a tranquilizer dart and was returned safely to its holding area.
    
Fariley said the zoo was open Saturday for normal visiting hours.
    
Rick Taylor, director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission, which operates the zoo, said the jaguar walked into the secondary area - which is surrounded by a tall fence topped with barbed wire - when staffers cleaning the animal's exhibit area failed to secure a gate.

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