Flooded Zoo's Escaped Tiger Kills Man, Is 'Liquidated'

Tiger in Tbilisi, Georgia, also injured another man
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2015 5:44 AM CDT
Flooded Zoo's Escaped Tiger Kills Man, Is 'Liquidated'
Not the Tbilisi tiger.   (Shutterstock)

A tiger roaming the streets of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi—one of several creatures that escaped the Tbilisi zoo this weekend amid heavy flooding—killed a man today in a main city square, and wounded another, reports the BBC. The killing set off a hunt by camouflaged special forces, who tracked the tiger down and "liquidated" it, an interior ministry rep says, per the Washington Post. The tiger apparently evaded being caught by hanging out in an abandoned factory, Sky News reports; Georgia's PM mistakenly said yesterday all missing animals had been accounted for. Earlier reports had suggested the attacks were the work of a lion, the BBC notes. (It can happen here, too: A tiger escaped its cage at the San Francisco Zoo in 2007 and killed a visitor.)

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