Tiger feared on the loose in France

Thu 19 Jul 2007, 19:14 GMT

BORDEAUX, France (Reuters) – Police in southwestern France are searching for a big cat, possibly a young tiger, that has been spotted prowling in a village near the city of Bordeaux, the village’s mayor said on Thursday.

Officials from the National Hunting Office have also laid traps for the animal after a woman and her daughter saw it repeatedly in their garden.

“At first they didn’t believe it, but the third time the animal was 10 metres (yards) away from them,” Pierre Soubabere, mayor of Saint- Louis-de-Montferrand, told Reuters.

Another resident has seen the cat roaming the countryside, and its tracks suggest it is a young tiger, though it could be a jaguar or a leopard.

Soubabere said no such animal had been reported missing in the area, not even by circuses that spend part of the year in a neighbouring town.



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