Juma was collared and chained during the event as athletes posed for photos alongside him and CMA commandos stood guard. The ceremony concluded without incident, but moments later, as he was led away back to his cage on the secured grounds of the zoo, Juma managed to break free in an attempt to escape.
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The zoo area was empty, so the public wasn't in danger, officials said in a press release. After CMA veterinarians moved in to dart the jaguar with tranquilizer, however, Juma reportedly "moved" in their direction.
That's when they opened fire.