Police hunt for tiger on the loose near Paris
Police and firefighters were desperately hunting for a tiger on the loose near Paris Thursday after a local resident spotted the fearsome animal in a car park and sounded the alert, authorities said.
Backed up by a helicopter overhead, firefighters armed with tranquilising guns were mobilised for the search in the Seine-et-Marne district near the French capital.
"We have been running after it since this morning, police officers are trying to intercept it," a police source said.
A woman spotted the animal in a supermarket car park in the town of Montevrain on Thursday morning.
"My wife saw it this morning," Jean-Baptiste Berdeaux, who manages the Intermarche supermarket, told AFP.
"She didn't get out of the car and called me to say 'I think I saw a lynx'," he said, adding she took a photo of the animal and the couple then alerted police officers nearby.
It is as yet unclear where the tiger comes from.
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