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Zoo jaguars released from quarantine

February 18, 2009

THURMONT, Md. (AP) -- Two jaguars placed under quarantine after one attacked a zookeeper have been released from quarantine.

The two animals at the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo were released from quarantine on Monday after animal control officials evaluated their temperaments and found them acceptable.

June Bellizzi, administrative director for the zoo, says, "We are very pleased."

The male and female jaguar were quarantined after the male attacked a zookeeper on Jan. 18.

Thirty-two-year-old Deborah Gregory of Severn was seriously injured but has been released from Shock Trauma.

The zoo will open to the public on March 20 and the two jaguars will be on display.

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