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Posted at: Jun 17, 2015, 8:02 PM; last updated: Jun 17, 2015, 8:02 PM (IST)

Runaway tiger who killed man shot dead

Runaway tiger who killed man shot dead
A killed white tiger lies on a stretcher in Tbilisi on June 17, 2015. AFP

Tbilisi (Georgia), June 17

A tiger that broke loose after severe flooding at the Tbilisi Zoo mauled a man to death today before being shot by police.

The Interior Ministry in the former Soviet republic of Georgia said the tiger was hiding at an abandoned factory that had been turned into a construction market when he attacked the man. The victim later died of his wounds at a hospital.

"We entered the depot and, suddenly, a white tiger rushed out of an adjacent room and attacked one of the workers, jumping at his throat and mauling him," colleague Alexander Shavbulashvili told The Associated Press.

"We broke the window of another room to flee, and the sound of breaking glass must have scared it and it ran away."

Police commandos rushed to the site and killed the tiger.

"It was a white tiger," Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri told the AP. "We wanted to sedate it, but it was very aggressive and we had to liquidate it." An earlier ministry report that the tiger also wounded another man was incorrect.

Zoo spokeswoman Khatia Basilashvili couldn't immediately offer any details about the dead tiger.

The Georgian government today harshly criticized zoo officials for failing to provide reliable information.

Yesterday, zoo officials said all eight lions, seven tigers and at least two of the zoo's three jaguars were killed in the flooding in Georgia's capital.

The flooding, triggered by torrential rains over the weekend, killed at least 19 people, destroyed houses and tore up roads. Six people remain missing.

The zoo said that one of its 17 penguins was found alive by Georgian border guards in the Kura River near the border with Azerbaijan, 40 kilometers east of the capital. Eight other penguins had been found alive earlier.

Zoo officials say less than half of the zoo's 600 inhabitants have survived the flooding. — AP

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