• Monty Alexander

Roaming tiger escapes, shot dead in metro Atlanta


On Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, a Bengal Tiger named Suzy was shot and killed in metro Atlanta after escaping from a circus truck and roaming around in the city.

The six-year-old female tiger slipped out, unnoticed while being transported from Tampa, Fl., to Memphis, Tenn., when the truck carrying the six-year-old tiger stopped in Georgia. She was one of 14 total tigers being shipped on the truck.

Residents first sighted the tiger and began making 911 calls at around 6 a.m., according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Police shot the tiger dead after she jumped into Brittney Speck's yard and attacked her dog, which is said to be in good condition and will recover.

Due to authorities not having tranquilizers, they had to kill the tiger. Making the situation more dangerous was the fact that she was prowling near roads and bus stops, and it was around time for children to start going to school, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Feld Entertainment was contracted with transporting the tiger and noticed it was not there when they got to Tennessee. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the tiger's owner, Alexnder Lacey, was working with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. His plan was for it to be flown to Germany to be apart of another circus.

After the incident, the tiger was cremated.

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