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'Tiger on the loose' near Paris

November 13, 2014 5:05 pm

Police and fire officials are searching for a tiger on the loose in a town outside Paris, local authorities say.

A woman alerted officials after spotting the big cat in a supermarket car park in Montevrain, east of the French capital, local media reported.

The Montevrain council said on its Facebook page that an area of woodland had been roped off.

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Residents have been advised to stay indoors, and children are being kept in schools.

It was unclear where the animal came from, though there is a big cat park near Montevrain.

Le Parisien newspaper said several local residents had sighted the animal.

Specialists said the animal’s track’s were those of a young tiger. An official from the mayor’s office said they had been able to trace the animal to the woodland by following its prints, and that a helicopter was assisting police and fire officials in the search.

The Montevrain mayor’s office dismissed the idea that the tiger could have escaped from a circus that was in the town until Saturday, Le Parisien reported.

EuroDisney, which operates nearby Disneyland Paris, said it kept no tigers.

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