Gone But Not Forgotten
- Apr 12, 2006
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Tiger on the run in Paris :
The escape was perhaps nor accidental nor innocent, as somebody may have made the big cat flee, in a context of growing opposition to possession of animals by circuses :Tiger shot dead after escaping Paris circus and prowling train station
A TIGER terrified people in Paris after it escaped a circus and prowled nearby streets and a train station.
News Corp Australia NetworkNovember 25, 20176:11am
A tiger escaped a Paris circus and terrified localsSource:Supplied
A TIGER escaped a circus and rampaged through Paris, threatening locals before being shot dead.
Rail passengers were urged to flee as the beast prowled near one of the city’s central train stations.
The tiger was seen roaming the streets around Paris’s 15 arrondissement before police shooters moved in, according to reports.
An eye-witness who lives in the area, said: “He had entered a railway station, leading to its closure.
“There were fears that the tiger would hurt railway passengers around the Garigliano Bridge.
“That’s where he was cornered and then shot dead.”
It is thought that the tiger’s circus owners assisted police in tracking the animal down.
According to the newspaper Le Parisen, the animal was shot by its owner.
Photographs emerging from the scene show the tiger in a spotlight.
Other witnesses said the tiger caused “intense panic” as it made its way through the streets of Paris.
“There were people running and screaming,” said one. “It was a very big, fierce looking animal.”
Circus employees initially gave chase with a pole and piece of meat, but then told police to “use live bullets”.
The alarm was raised at 5.50pm, when local rail announcers on line T3a said “a tiger is on the loose, please vacate the station”.
Armed police were then seen heading to the scene, together with the tigers’ owners.
At 6.10pm the same announcers said: “The incident on line T3a is over, and traffic has resumed.”
A spokesman for the Paris police prefecture said: “The animal has been neutralised. All danger is gone.”
This article originally appeared on The Sunand has been republished here with permission.
Trainer of escaped Paris tiger says cage lock was cut
26 November 2017
The circus boss who shot dead his escaped tiger on the streets of Paris claimed on Saturday the animal's cage had been cut open in a "malicious act".
Eric Bormann killed the one-and-a-half-year-old tigress called Mevy after people spotted her wandering around the French capital's 15th arrondissement on Friday.
Police questioned Bormann for several hours after the incident, and an investigation has been launched into whether lives were put in danger.
However, the head of the Bormann-Moreno circus claims foul play, and has asked police to investigate
"I'm the one who takes care of my tigers," Bormann, who also serves as the lion trainer, told AFP.
"There is a whole security protocol to respect with big cats," he said, explaining the animals were in a cage secured by another enclosure.
"In our security protocol, if a beast escapes -- which has never happened in the 40 years I have been in Paris -- it remains locked. It is a cage within a cage."
Bormann claims that on Friday at around 6pm, when he opened a separation door to clean the tigers "a tigress was out because a door, usually locked, was open".
"We suspect a malicious act. There was a chain with a padlock, and the chain was cut."
Two-hundred kilogram Mevy, who had been bottle-fed by Bormann, was gunned down by her ringmaster using the firearm he is required to carry by law within a few minutes of her escape.
He added that the idea of using a tranquillizer gun was quickly ruled out because of the time it takes for the sedatives to work.
The circus, which has several tigers, had just set up and planned to open its doors to the public on December 3rd.
The Brigitte Bardot Foundation -- named after the actress and animal rights activist -- said it was "scandalised by the slaughter of the tiger" and called on the government to ban the exploitation of animals in circuses.