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  • Amazon jaguar shot after Olympic torch lighting ceremony

    Jay Busbee at Fourth-Place Medal9 days ago

    As omens go, this isn't a great one:an Amazon jaguar was shot dead shortly after its participation in a torch lighting ceremony honoring the Rio Olympics.

    Juma the jaguar had participated in the ceremony in the city of Manaus, where it had been chained up as local notables held the Olympic torch. After the ceremony, the jaguar, which was tranquilized, apparently began approaching a soldier, who fired and killed the jaguar with a single shot.

    Jaguars are a nearly threatened species, and have been eradicated in several central American nations. The local environmental authority indicated that the ceremony's organizers had not sought permission to use the jaguar. " No request was made to authorize the participation of the jaguar "Juma" in the event of the Olympic torch," the authority said in a statement, according to Reuters. Local and international animal rights activists have already protested the move.

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