Henry County police respond to escaped tiger

Henry County police respond to escaped tiger

Unfortunately, human life became at risk and the tiger was shot by the authorities.

Suzy was one of 14 tigers being transported from Florida to Tennessee when she escaped. Suzy was 6 years old and bred in captivity. The tiger escaped unnoticed when the truck stopped in Georgia for the night. "Feld discovered that it was missing when the truck arrived at the destination".

Henry County police were forced to close a portion of Interstate 75 after receiving several 911 calls about the jungle cat wandering near the northbound lanes on the highway in the city that's roughly 30 minutes from Atlanta. Police said, "Henry County officers responded, locating the tiger and kept visual sight of it while animal professionals were contacted".

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Not long after, the tiger began running toward the homes on Meadowbrook Road. Fox 5 Atlanta reveals that witnesses heard about 12 shots being fired when the tiger was killed by cops.

After the call, the tiger jumped on her dog, who was unharmed, Time reported.

Numerous sightings of the tiger were reported along Interstate 75, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said in a statement. "It was like a full-grown zoo tiger", the mother explained.

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The female tiger gunned down in suburban Atlanta was a circus performer named Suzy - and was headed to join a new troupe in Germany, officials said. According to DNR, that action was taken "quickly and humanely".

When police arrived, they said the tiger began to run toward the Meadow Brook community off of Jodeco Road. Several 911 calls were made by nervous residents, says Capt. Joey Smith of the Henry County Police Department.

Bengal Tiger, which is an endangered species found in South Asia, especially in India, is estimated to be fewer than 2,500 in number.

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A Feld spokesman said the tiger belonged to an act contracted with the circus which ceased operations in May.


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