A tiger weighing 200kg escaped from the circus in the French capital and roamed the streets of Paris before it was shot and killed by its owner.
For “some time,” the tiger was on the loose about a mile from the Eiffel Tower. However, the creature did not hurt anyone as it roamed around the city.
Local media reported that the tiger managed to wander into a train station, forcing staff into an emergency evacuation.
Trams were also suspended in the area, as witnesses said that they saw police going down the tracks.
A member of the staff from the Bormann Moreno circus “neutralised” the tiger with a shotgun and police posted a tweet informing people that “all danger was over.”
Images of the dead tiger quickly circulated across social media with many users enraged that the creature had been killed.
A witness named Ralph informed Le Parisien newspaper: “It was a very big tiger. We heard two or three shots and saw police going down towards the tracks.”
It was not clear how the creature escaped from the circus. However, police had reportedly taken its owner into custody for investigation.
There is no prohibition on circus animals in France. On the other hand, in the United Kingdom, they are protected by the Animal Welfare Act.
In England, wild animals must be licensed. However, no law is stopping circuses from using certain types of animals. In Wales, there are no licensing requirements.