Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tigers, Tigers, Everywhere

Tiger on the loose in South African neighborhood

Jul 27 2010

JOHANNESBURG — Police are warning residents of a South African neighborhood against approaching a 17-month-old Bengal tiger that escaped from its owners.

Police say the tiger named Panjo broke open the canopy of a truck carrying it and jumped free early Tuesday in the Delmas district, 70 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Johannesburg.

Panjo's owner Rose Farreira told local media Panjo was tame but warned that Panjo may attack unfamiliar people. She says the tiger could turn aggressive if it had been hurt in its escape.

Panjo remained on the run Tuesday evening. A helicopter was deployed after one report of a sighting later Tuesday. But as dusk fell Panjo, hand-reared from a cub, had not been found.

Tigers are not native to South Africa.

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