GIORGIA: The beast, a white tiger, was one of a number of exotic animals that escaped when flooding in the city of Tbilisi in Georgia broke the cages and enclosures at the city’s zoo.
The man it attacked was one of seven employees trapped in a cloth recycling factory by the prowling big cat. A witness said the victim had been ripped “to pieces” after the tiger grabbed his throat in a packing area on the first floor.
There was some initial confusion about the sex of the victim and also whether the animal was a lion or a tiger because its fur is covered in dried mud, obscuring the markings.
Yesterday the zoo administration announced all animals except for one striped hyena, one tiger and one bear were accounted for. Officials admitted they did not know whether the three missing animals were dead or alive. Saturday’s flash floods killed 19 people and many animals were drowned or engulfed in mud.
Residents describe the surreal scene of animals wandering the streets just like the film Jumanji when jungle wildlife invades our world through a magic board game.
Eight lions died and three jaguars, also known as panthers, drowned. Just two of the attraction’s 14 bears survived and nine of its 17 penguins died. A police marksmen called out to the Laguna Vere neighbourhood killed the escaped albino tiger, Nino Giorgobiani of the Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed on Facebook at 11.15am this morning.