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.”
Voilà la photo du tigre prise par Ralph d’une fenêtre de FranceTv pic.twitter.com/vsqcFSxc1P
— MargauxDuguet (@MargauxDuguet) November 24, 2017
— ITV News (@itvnews) November 24, 2017
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.”
— John Zuchelli (@tvzuke) November 24, 2017
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.
Tiger shot dead in Paris train station after escaping zoo… https://t.co/FBAbsuuPIE
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) November 24, 2017
— PedroConrado Richter (@pedrorichter) November 24, 2017
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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