Army mascot Jaguar is SHOT DEAD moments after being photographed with the Olympic torch in Brazil when it made a break for freedom.
An Amazon jaguar has been shot dead by the Brazilian army after participating as a 'mascot' for an Olympic torch ceremony in Manaus.
During the event the female jaguar - called Juma - was just yards away from the lighting of the Olympic torch, where she was held by a chain around her neck.
Following the event she was taken to her zoo cage on a truck but managed to escape.
A team of vets tried to recapture Juma by firing tranquilizers but they failed to take immediate effect and she reportedly came close to attacking a soldier.
The Amazon Military Command - whose symbol is a jaguar - said the animal was shot as a 'safety procedure' to 'protect the soldier'.