“RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – 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”.
Who would have ever thought that the Brazilians could screw the Olympics up so bad?
In addition to poor Chester Cheeta buying the farm, a bunch of Australian athletes were robbed at gunpoint
They also have snipers out on the highway that must be traveled to reach the Olympic village from the airport
It is really starting to sound like good old fashioned South American fun
I can’t wait for the kidnappings to start