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Tue Jun 21, 2016, 04:57 PM Jun 2016

Amazon jaguar shot dead at Olympic torch ceremony

A jaguar featured at an Olympic torch ceremony was shot dead by a soldier shortly after the event in the Brazilian Amazon city of Manaus as the animal escaped from its handlers, an army statement said.

The jaguar was killed Monday at a zoo attached to a military training center, when a soldier fired a single pistol shot after the animal, despite being tranquilized, approached the soldier, the army said.

“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,” the local organizing committee Rio 2016 said in a statement, adding "We guarantee that there will be no more such incidents at Rio 2016.”

A smiling yellow jaguar known as Ginga is the mascot of the Brazilian Olympic team.

The shooting caused uproar among animal rights groups, which questioned why the animal was involved in the Olympic event.

"When will people (and institutions) stop with this sick need to show power and control by confining, taming and showcasing wild animals?" the Rio de Janeiro-based animal rights group Animal Freedom Union said on its Facebook page.

The jaguar is a nearly threatened species that has already been wiped out in Uruguay and El Salvador, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.



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Amazon jaguar shot dead at Olympic torch ceremony (Original Post) cali Jun 2016 OP
Assholes...knr joeybee12 Jun 2016 #1
off to a great start, this will be the biggest Olympic clusterfuck ever snooper2 Jun 2016 #2
Yep, same thought here - what an auspicious start jberryhill Jun 2016 #3
This olympics is so jinxed. ananda Jun 2016 #4
No that was the Hitler Olympics malaise Jun 2016 #5
Disgraceful! nt Raine Jun 2016 #6
Those jerks can't do anything right. AngryAmish Jun 2016 #7


(62,444 posts)
3. Yep, same thought here - what an auspicious start
Tue Jun 21, 2016, 05:09 PM
Jun 2016

While it is pretty normal for Olympics to be something of a shambles approaching the start, this one is shaping up to be a real peach.

Swimming and boating in shit. A government out to lunch.

The Russian track team is going to feel lucky to have missed this one.


(28,941 posts)
4. This olympics is so jinxed.
Tue Jun 21, 2016, 05:11 PM
Jun 2016

Bankruptcy, zika, doping, and now this.

A while back, I decided not to watch it.


(269,564 posts)
5. No that was the Hitler Olympics
Tue Jun 21, 2016, 05:14 PM
Jun 2016

1936 - the US team dropped its Jewish athletes.
Nothing can sink that low with the racist Brundage as head of the USOC cavorting with Hitler - and yes he died in Germany

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