Tiger on the loose near Paris sparks police hunt

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A tiger hunt is on in France after a Paris resident on Thursday (Nov 13), snapped a photo of the fearsome animal in a carpark.

The big cat still remains at large since and the public have been told to stay indoors.

It was spotted in a supermarket car park in the town of Montevrain - just a stone's throw from Disneyland Paris.

Supermarket manager Jean-Baptiste Berdeaux told reporters: "My wife saw it this morning. She didn't get out of the car and called me to say: 'I think I saw a lynx'."

Others later came forward claiming they had seen the tiger on the prowl.

Unsuccessful search

More than 100 police officers and firefighters armed with tranquiliser guns were deployed to comb the area in the Seine-et-Marne district near the French capital.

Despite being backed up by a helicopter, the search was unsuccessful.

A wildlife expert said: "We’re going to try and sedate it, but if it becomes dangerous or aggressive, we’ll give the order to kill it."

Earlier this month, a circus had visited the area but all of its animals have been accounted for.

Speculation suggests that the loose predator could have from Parc des Felins - a big cat park - in Lumigny Nesle-Ormeaux some 18 miles away from Montevrain.

Source: AFP, Mail Online, Mirror Online

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