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Paris Investigates Death of Escaped Circus Tiger

Paris Investigates Death of Escaped Circus Tiger

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017 - 06:15
A Siberian Tiger AFP/Getty

The Bormann-Moreno circus filed a case against an unknown person, after the death of a tiger that escaped from its cage on Friday.

Mevy, a 1.5-year-old tigress weighing 200 kilograms, left the circus camps on the outskirts of the capital’s District 15. Its Coach Eric Bormann tracked its trace, carrying a legally registered weapon.

The chase ended by shooting dead the tigress which he raised and fed. Although Bormann, one of the circus owners and the lions' coach killed the animal, the legal procedure is required to investigate possibility of security delinquency and people exposure to dangers.

The trainer was detained for a few hours and then released after he admitted his action, and the investigation is ongoing. He told the investigator that the circus respected safety measures by placing animals in locked cages inside a fenced area, so the animal that escapes the cage stays locked away from public roads.

Bormann said the accident was the first of its kind in the circus he had run for 40 years. He filed a judicial complaint to investigate any delinquencies. He told the investigator that there was a chain with a padlock, and the chain was cut.

It seems that the death of the tiger will not go unnoticed, as former Actress Brigitte Bardot rushed to issue a statement demanding the government to stop the exploitation of animals in amusement parks.

The circus housing nine lions has recently settled in Paris, waiting to start its show on January 3.

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