Tiger recaptured after escaping from circus in China

By Ben Hooper
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Oct. 3 (UPI) -- A tiger escaped from its cage at a circus in China and went on the run for nearly an hour in a rural area of Hubei province.

Police confirmed the tiger escaped from an improperly locked cage after finishing a show with the Jiangsu-based acrobatic circus about 5 p.m. Monday and fled into rural Chongyang county.


Police were summoned by circus employees and about a dozen officers from Tiancheng police station responded to the scene to help handlers wrangle the big cat.

The tiger, which was said to be 2 years old and tame, was cornered by a brick wall and recaptured.

The tiger has been with the circus for about a year and performs tricks including jumping through rings of fire.

The circus, which had been in town since Friday for a series of shows, was instructed to pack up and leave town by police. The organization was given a warning about its security procedures, but no fines were levied.

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