By Euro Weekly News Media • 13 November 2014 • 14:31
IT appears that a tiger is on the loose in France near the capital, Paris. Firefighters and police are trying to capture the big cat.
According to authorities, a member of the public was in a supermarket car park when they spotted the animal and, after taking a photo of the big cat, sounded the alarm.
It was unknown where the animal escaped from, the first possibility was Disneyland Paris which was just 2.5miles away from where the tiger was first spotted but a spokesperson confirmed that the theme park does not keep live tigers.
They were then concerned it was from a nearby circus but after several checks it was confirmed that all the animals from the circus were accounted for.
The more likely location is a large local zoo, Parc des Félins which is 18 miles away from the site and concentrates on conserving and breeding wild cats, they confirmed that they do keep tigers on site although a spokesperson has told the Daily Mail that there is no way a tiger could have escaped due to the security measures inside the park.
The tiger is believed to be a ‘teenager’ and weighs around 15 stone according to Le Parisien.
They do not want to harm the animal due to it being an endangered species but are planning to sedate the tiger. Police and firefighters involved are armed with specific weaponry such as tranquilizer darts and are backed up by a helicopter and a bear hunting dog in order to capture the creature.
The tiger was recently tracked by its paw prints to a large football field in the Seine-et-Marne district near Paris, they are using a thermal camera to keep track of the animal as it starts to get dark.
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