It is the Olympic tradition for the participating countries to have torch ceremonies. Brazil had such an event on June 20th. The mascot for the Brazilian Olympic team is a smiling jaguar named Ginga so for the ceremony they chained a sedated a real jaguar named juma for display. 

She was 17 years old and had lived at the zoo as a cub after her mother died. The zoo is attached to an army training center in Manaus where the torch ceremony was held.

Why was Juma killed?

Juma, despite being tranquilized, managed to escape her handlers. While still in the confines of the zoo, she was shot with four tranquilizers before approaching a soldier. The soldier took aim and fired one shot killing Juma according to reports released by the Brazilian military. Juma was described by the army's press office as a "docile animal used to living among people at the center".

According to National Geographic the death of Juma has outraged many who question having a wild animal involved in the ceremony, to begin with. 

The rio 2016 organizing committee released a statement saying, "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. We guarantee there will be no more such incidents at Rio 2016."

Who is investigating the incident?

IPAAM (Amazonas State Institute of Environmental Protection) is the government organization in Manaus, Brazil that oversees the use of wild animals.

They are currently investigating the entire incident but have said that it may not have been legal to have Juma in the ceremony because there were no permits or papers authorizing it. The thing is they had approved the use of another Jaguar, Symba, to be shown at the event. Some media coverage suggests this is a coverup by IPAAM.

Animal rights activists worldwide have expressed outrage over the killing of an endangered animal that had been displayed. Many would-be viewers are just as outraged and have vowed not to watch a moment of the Olympic events due to the killing of Juma.

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