Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 7th, 2008
Authorities say three tigers that escaped from a Mexican circus truck were recaptured after police distracted them by throwing them chickens, according to Fox News.
The local newspaper Cambio de Michoacan says the escaped felines holed up in house in the western city of Zitacuaro. When the tigers started breaking down the home’s fence, police lobbed them chickens to eat until a dogcatcher and the animals’ trainer arrived.
An officer at the state police office in Zitacuaro says the tigers were loose for less than an hour. The officer was not authorized to be quoted by name.
The big cats were recaptured Wednesday, November 5, 2008, and taken to a local police station where they were held until their owner agreed to pay for the chickens and damage to the fence.
Meanwhile, in another telling of the tale, western Mexico was in shock on Thursday, November 6, after finding a tiger, which had escaped from a circus, lying on a family’s patio, police said.
The tiger terrified the town of Zitacuaro, in western Michoacan state, as it wandered the streets for an hour and a half before entering a house, a local police officer said.
The tiger ‘went through the house and lay down on the patio’, the officer said. ‘The family was terrified and they hid.’
‘But these tigers are peaceful, they don’t attack’, he added.
A total of three tigers escaped from their circus cages when the doors were left open on Wednesday.
A trainer recovered two of them quickly, using chickens as bait, while the local pound picked up the third tiger after its town excursion.
A bus hit a stray elephant that had escaped from a circus on a central Mexican highway in September, 2008, killing the driver and the animal, according to AFP.