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Bengal tiger escaped while cage was cleaned

5:06 AM, Feb 6, 2003   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fl (AP) -- A 450-pound circus tiger escaped briefly when its cage was being cleaned, startling a fast-food worker and police officer. Chad, a Bengal tiger traveling with the UniverSoul Circus, escaped Monday after squeezing through an opening between his cage and a holding cage. The tiger climbed a car and went over a fence where it was seen by a drive-in worker at a nearby Wendy's restaurant and a police officer. Circus workers were able to coax the tiger back into its cage. Circus officials said they are taking steps to make sure that none of its big cats has a chance to get free again. The Florida Game and Fish Commission is investigating the escape. Allowing a wild animal to escape is a second-degree misdemeanor in Florida.

Associated Press

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