Tiger killed after escaping Paris circus, jumping onto subway tracks

A motorist reaches for the pump at a gas station in Toronto on Feb. 24 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS  Patrick Dell

A motorist reaches for the pump at a gas station in Toronto on Feb. 24 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS Patrick Dell

Police in Paris say a tiger escaped from a circus in the city and roamed the streets of the French capital for "some time" before being killed.

Paris police later tweeted "the danger has been eliminated", after local residents alerted emergency services to the unwanted tourist.

"He had entered a railway station, leading to its closure", said an eyewitness who lives in the area.

Images posted online showed the tiger lying on the ground, bleeding heavily from what appear to be gunshot wounds.

Fuet said the tiger's body must be either taken back to the circus or to a clinic for an autopsy.

According to the Daily Mail, witnesses were told by an announcer inside a train station that "a tiger is on the loose, please vacate the station". 'It was a very big, fierce looking animal'.

Armed police were then seen heading to the scene, together with the tigers' owners.

A spokesman for the Paris police prefecture said: "The animal has been neutralised".

Latest News