French police 'neutralise' tiger after it escapes Paris circus

Yasha plays with his offsprings in an animal park in Hamburg, Germany.  Photo: DPA/File
Yasha plays with his offsprings in an animal park in Hamburg, Germany. Photo: DPA/File

A tiger that escaped a Paris circus, roamed the streets of the capital for "some time" on Friday evening before being shot dead.

French police said the big cat was "neutralised" by a Bormann Moreno circus employee near a bridge over the River Seine, about two kilometres from the Eiffel Tower.

Paris police tweeted the animal had been found in the 15th arrondissement and the danger had been eliminated. It asked residents to "not relay false information" on social media.

A Paris police official said the tiger was on the loose for "some time" but there had been no reports of injuries or casualties.

The BBC reported the animal's owner brought it down with a shotgun in an alley.

French journalist Margaux Duquet posted a photo of it after it was shot, taken from a window of the FranceTV offices.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in France said the animal was killed for "trying to regain its freedom" and called on Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo "to realise the urgency of stopping wild animal circus acts" in the city.

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The story, Tiger roams Paris streets after escaping circus, first appeared on The Age.