Tiger escapes from his cage during a circus show while screaming spectators flee for their lives in China
- Terrifying images show the beast escaping from the top of the cage in China
- It was caught about 12 hours later in a nearby corn field, the Henan authorities said
- The young tiger died after being hit by cars while he ran away, an insider said
Spectators of an animal circus show in China fled Friday for their lives in horror after a tiger escaped from his cage during the show.
Footage shows the beast jumping on the top of the enclosure, which was discovered before leaping to freedom in Henan province in central China.
The animal, reportedly a young tiger, was hit by cars after breaking away from the circus gang and died according to the local zoo.
Footage shows the tiger jumping on the top of the enclosure before making the desperate escape during a performance in a village in Yuanyang County, Henan Province in central China
The tiger made the desperate escape on Friday around 9 am during a show in the Yuanyang district in Xinxiang.
It ran into a nearby corn field after it had run out of its cage, said the propaganda bureau of the Yuanyang Communist Party Committee.
The tiger was caught after the police and local officials had hunted it for more than 12 hours.
Officers used drones and thermographic cameras to locate the animal.
The beast received a general anesthetic after it was found in the wheat field and taken to the Xinxiang zoo.
No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
The tiger escaped from the top of the enclosure that was not covered (left). It was captured by a team formed by police officers and officials about 12 hours later in a nearby corn field (right)
The circus show, held in a village, was not approved by the authority, reported a local point of sale The newspaper.
A spokesperson for Xinxiang Zoo told the room Dahe Daily that the tiger was already dead when he was taken to the zoo.
The spokesperson suspected that the animal had been killed by passing cars while running on the road.
The incident is still being investigated by local authorities.
The two directors of the circus have been detained pending police investigation.
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