Tiger escapes from zoo enclosure in Cologne, Germany

By on Aug 25, 2012 in Animals, Europe, Science, World Comments

A tiger reportedly escaped from its Cologne zoo enclosure in western Germany on Saturday, August 25, 2012.

Police investigation say that the tiger was able to escape from one of the Cologne zoo gate that was not properly closed.

Authorities immediately moved people out and temporarily closed down the zoo.

Reports say that the male tiger, named Altai, mauled to death a 43-year-old woman zookeeper who was in a nearby storage building.

Zoo director Theo Pagel reportedly shot and killed the tiger from the skylight of the storage building before it was able to go out in a public area.

According to Cologne newspaper Express, Pagel said that “This is the darkest day of my life.”

Cologne zoo, founded in 1860, is one of the oldest and popular destination in Germany. The zoo reportedly takes care of over 10,000 animals of about 700 species.

Tiger in Cologne Zoo, Germany
Video Credit: BlueandSimi on YouTube

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