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Es­caped Ben­gal tiger re­cap­tured by Taipei Zoo

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY ME­GAN VAN VEGTEN

A Ben­gal tiger es­caped from an an­i­mal hos­pi­tal at Taipei Zoo ( ) yesterday but was cap­tured be­fore en­coun­ter­ing the public, zoo of­fi­cials said.

Ta- tou (“Big Head,” ) the Ben­gal tiger broke free yesterday around 10: 45 a. m.. The Wen­shan First Precinct was im­me­di­ately no­ti­fied of the tiger’s es­cape.

A zoo spokesman said there are three zones in the en­clo­sure and that the an­i­mal had en­tered the sec­ond, which is open only to zoo em­ploy­ees. There were no in­juries

dur­ing the in­ci­dent.

Open Door

Of­fi­cials said that the tiger had been able to es­cape from the an­i­mal hos­pi­tal through a door left open by zoo main­te­nance staff.

The work­ers did not no­tice the over­sight un­til the tiger had al­ready en­tered the sec­ond buf­fer zone, the zoo said.

Af­ter 45 min­utes of wan­der­ing around, the tiger was spot­ted by a vet­eri­nar­ian, who ad­min­is­tered a tran­quil­izer dart at 11:30 a.m. Once the cat was un­con­scious, the zookeep­ers re­turned it to the en­clo­sure.

When po­lice ar­rived on the scene, the tiger was al­ready un­re­spon­sive, ac­cord­ing to the zoo.

Taipei Zoo held a re­view meet­ing yesterday af­ter­noon to dis­cuss the in­ci­dent and form mea­sures to en­sure that the sit­u­a­tion would not oc­cur again.

The zoo re­leased an of­fi­cial apol­ogy af­ter the meet­ing and an­nounced that it will re-eval­u­ate and strengthen safety reg­u­la­tions.

CNA

Ta-tou (“Big Head,” ) the Ben­gal tiger is shown in this file photo pro­vided by Taipei Zoo. The tiger es­caped from an an­i­mal hos­pi­tal yesterday morn­ing and was cap­tured shortly af­ter­ward, zoo of­fi­cials said.

CNA

Tai­wanese model Chin Yu-hsi, also known as “Lit­tle Jas­mine,” poses at a press shoot, yesterday. Chen took 17th place in an an­nual poll con­ducted by the lo­cal “For Him Mag­a­zine” (FHM) for “most beau­ti­ful woman.” The FHM reader’s poll has been con­ducted for 15 years.

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