Tiger escapes caged cir­cus per­for­mance, dies af­ter capture

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

A tiger forced to per­form ac­ro­bat­ics in Cen­tral China died af­ter es­cap­ing for one night of freedom, be­ing cap­tured and sent back to a zoo.

The cause of the tiger’s death is yet to be con­firmed. A zoo em­ployee guessed in­juries con­sis­tent with a car ac­ci­dent, lo­cal media da­he­bao.cn re­ported on Sun­day.

Two di­rec­tors of the cir­cus where the tiger per­formed have been detained as they did not regis­ter the per­for­mance with of­fi­cial de­part­ments.

A video spread on­line shows the tiger sud­denly jumping up to the top of the metal cage as the cir­cus trainer uses a stick to di­rect it to per­form on Fri­day night in Yuanyang county, He­nan Prov­ince.

The trainer is seen try­ing to beat the tiger down but fails. At the same time, on­look­ers sit­ting out­side the cage ap­par­ently panic and rush away.

The tiger ran into a nearby corn­field, media re­ported.

Fear­ing the tiger could harm res­i­dents, the gov­ern­ment is­sued an emer­gency no­tice and po­lice sent all their of­fi­cers to search for the an­i­mal.

The po­lice said on Satur­day morn­ing they had found the tiger and cap­tured it by us­ing anes­thetic.

But a zoo staff mem­ber told media the tiger was dead on ar­rival. The tiger may have suf­fered in­ter­nal in­juries af­ter be­ing hit by a ve­hi­cle, he guessed.

The body of the tiger was re­frig­er­ated and the cause of death has yet to be iden­ti­fied, re­ports said.

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