Animal rights groups expressed outrage yesterday (Sat) after an escaped circus tiger was shot dead by its owner as it roamed the streets of Paris near the Eiffel Tower.
"He had entered a railway station, leading to its closure", said an eye-witness who lives in the area.
The animal is not thought to have harmed anyone after it escaped from the Bormann-Moreno circus at around 5pm Friday.
Nobody was hurt by the 200kg (31-stone) tiger, according to local reports.
Shocking images from the scene showed the tiger in the spotlight.
One witness told BFMTV: "I saw a tiger running and heard three shots".
The tiger was shot dead in an alleyway and "it was not in the street, there were no passers by". 'It was a very big, fierce looking animal'.
Armed police were then seen heading to the scene, together with the tigers' owners.
Traffic on a street vehicle line in the area was briefly suspended, but resumed with police authorisation.
The owner, after being taken into police custody, is said to be in "shock" from the incident, according to a Paris fire department official.
Police tweeted that the tiger had gone on the loose in the 15th district but "the danger has been eliminated".