28 Dec '11, 2am

Chinese police shoot dead rare Siberian tiger, which escaped after a zookeeper forgot to lock the cage gate

BEIJING (AFP) - A rare Siberian tiger escaped from an east China zoo, frightening locals in a downtown public park before she was shot dead by more than 12 police, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. The nine-year-old endangered big cat fled her cage in Wuhu city, Anhui province when a zookeeper there forgot to lock the gate properly after feeding time, Xinhua said, citing zoo officials. The tiger had a bad temper, 'probably caused by mating anxiety,' the zoo officials told Xinhua, which said that further investigation is underway. No humans were hurt in the incident. The tiger's escape was the latest in a string of cases involving tigers escaping from zoos in China over the past few years, according to local media reports. In January, a tour bus driver was mauled to death by a tiger at a breeding centre in north-east China after he got out of his vehicle to c...

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