The police in Georgia have confirmed that an escaped tiger from the Tbilisi zoo has killed one man and injured another.
The zoo was recently destroyed by heavy flooding. All animals except a Jaguar were accounted for. Zoo officials had said most of the animals were killed because of the severe floods on Saturday, though police been accused of overreacting by shooting many of the animals unnecessarily.
The tiger was hiding in an abandoned building close to the city centre.
Belfast Telegraph reports:
The Tbilisi zoo had previously said all lions and tigers missing after the flooding had been found dead and only one jaguar remained unaccounted for.
The Interior Ministry says police killed the tiger, which was hiding at an abandoned factory turned into a construction market when he attacked the men on Wednesday.
Zoo officials had said on Tuesday that eight lions, all seven of the zoo’s tigers and at least two of its three jaguars were killed in the flooding in Georgia’s capital caused by heavy rains over the weekend.
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