Escaped circus tiger shot dead after roaming around Paris
An escaped circus tiger was reportedly shot dead in the 15th arrondissement of Paris Friday.
The 2-year-old tiger escaped from a circus in the southwest of the City of Light and caused a metro line shutdown, the Parisian transit authority said on Twitter.
Eyewitnesses said the tiger ended up on a railway that cuts through the city.
“Traffic throughout the entirety of the T3a line is interrupted due to the presence of tiger belonging to a nearby circus,” the transit authority said in a tweet Friday.
Regular service was restored shortly after the announcement was made.
Riders said their train was delayed by about 20 minutes, according to local reports.
Police said the animal was rapidly shot down by a circus employee near the Pont du Garigliano, FranceInfo reported.
Parisian police announced that “all danger has been averted” Friday.
The tiger was struck three times but died after it was hit by the second bullet, Le Parisien reported.
The mayor of the 15th arrondissement, Philippe Goujon, said he’s uneasy about the level of security at the circus.
“I’m asking myself questions about the installation of the circus. I was supposed to meet its owner next week. I’m worried that the security conditions allowed a tiger to escape out in the open in Paris and cross the Marechaux boulevard,” he said, Le Parisien reported.
Camille Gevaudan, an animal-rights activist earlier tweeted a picture of a trio of caged tigers at the Bormann circus.
“The Bormann circus is setting up right outside our windows. Three tigers are going in circles in three square meters. This is going to drive me crazy,” she wrote.
She later tweeted that one had ended up on the street. “After a miserable life, he was very scared, and was killed. When are we going to prevent animals in circuses, like civilized people?”
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