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Tiger Shot Dead on Paris Street After Escaping Local Circus (PHOTO)

© Sputnik / Ekaterina Chesnokova / Go to the photo bankSiberian tiger called Umar at Moscow Zoo. (File)
Siberian tiger called Umar at Moscow Zoo. (File) - Sputnik International
The owner of a tiger shot and killed the big cat after it escaped from a circus and went wandering around Paris, France.

According to Paris police, the 440-pound tiger escaped from Cirque Bormann-Moreno on Friday and meandered around the capital for "some time" before it was tracked down by its owner.

​Witnesses say two circus personnel lured the tiger to an alleyway using a slab of meat attached to a pole. With the target cornered, the owner was reportedly able to take two shots and neutralize the big cat.

The owner, after being taken into police custody, is said to be in "shock" from the incident, according to a Paris fire department official.

While authorities eventually removed the wild cat from the area to conduct an autopsy, many snapped pictures of the deceased tiger. The images, shared online, triggered outrage among netizens both against the killing and against circuses in general.

​No injuries or deaths related to the tiger's escape have been reported, but police have opened an investigation.

Cirque Bormann-Moreno, which was planning a grand opening on December 3, has yet to comment on the incident.

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