PONTIANAK, Indonesia: An escaped tiger that killed a keeper at a zoo on Borneo island has been captured alive after a day on the loose, police said.
The white Bengal tiger was found wandering in a jungle surrounding Sinka Zoo in the town of Singkawang, West Kalimantan on Saturday, following its escape through a hole.
Another tiger that broke free was shot dead earlier.
“We found and captured the second tiger by sedating it with a tranquillizer,” local police chief Prasetiyo Adhi Wibowo told journalists late Saturday.
The pair of 18-month-old female Bengal tigers – previously thought to be Sumatran – escaped from the zoo after days of torrential rain created a hole near their enclosure.
A 47-year-old male zookeeper and several animals were found dead near the tiger cage.
The escape triggered a frantic search involving police, military and conservation officials, while locals were
told to stay at home and avoid tourist attractions near the zoo while authorities hunted the animals.
An orange-coloured Bengal tiger was shot dead after a failed attempt to neutralise it with a tranquillizer gun. — AFP