Escaped tiger on the loose in Ratchaburi

Escaped tiger on the loose in Ratchaburi

A male Bengal tiger has been on the loose in Ratchaburi since Thursday, when it escaped from its cage at a wildlife research station after attacking a keeper.

The tiger, named Silathong, attacked Bunma Thongkerd, at the Khaoson wildlife research centre as he opened the cage for cleaning. Mr Bunma suffered injuries but survived. The tiger slipped out of the cage and ran off.

Vinan Wirana, chief of the wildlife research station, said the tiger was still roaming near the research station.

Wildlife officials had spotted Silathong shortly after he escaped, but the tiger then disappeared into the jungle behind the station.

It was seen again about 4.30am yesterday, but evaded attempts to catch it.

About 50 wildlife staff were involved in the search for the animal yesterday. Sources said the animal would be hungry and dangerous.

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