Tiger Gets Loose on Paris Streets, Is Shot Dead

November 24, 2017 Last Updated: November 25, 2017

A tiger broke free from a Paris circus and roamed the streets south of the Eiffel Tower before it was shot and killed by circus workers, the BBC reported.

Paris Police tweeted that a tiger had escaped at around 6 p.m. local time in the city’s 15th district. It, however, added that “the danger was eliminated.”

 

No one was injured by the 600-pound animal.

“It was a very big tiger,” a witness named just Ralph was quoted by the BBC as saying. “We heard two or three shots and saw police going down towards the tracks.”

A fire department spokesman confirmed the animal was killed in an alley. The owner brought it down with a shotgun, AFP reported.

An investigation into the tiger’s escape and shooting has been launched.

According to the Daily Mail, witnesses were told by an announcer inside a train station that “a tiger is on the loose, please vacate the station.”

“There were people running and screaming. It was a very big, fierce-looking animal,” a witness said.

“He had entered a railway station, leading to its closure,” a witness added. “There were fears that the tiger would hurt railway passengers around the Garigliano Bridge. That’s where he was cornered and then shot dead.”

 

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