The Mystery of the Tiger Roaming in Metro Atlanta Solved
Officials now understand how a Bengal tiger was found roaming around a neighborhood in city Atlanta: It had slipped out unnoticed from its enclosure as it was being transferred.
Alarmed homeowners made several calls to 911 on Wednesday after seeing the animal, said Capt. Joey Smith of Henry County authorities.
For hours, individuals questioned how the female tiger pertained to stroll through numerous areas near Interstate 75 and Jodeco Roadway in the metro Atlanta county. Authorities ultimately shot the tiger dead after she assaulted a dog.
Feld Home entertainment, which had been contracted to move the tiger, stated it does unknown how Suzy went out while she was being carried from Tampa, Florida, to Memphis, Tennessee. A truck bring the 6-year-old Suzy had actually made a stop in Georgia overnight, officials stated.
She was last seen by her caretakers on Tuesday night, said Feld Entertainment spokesman Stephen Payne.
The business realized the tiger was missing when the truck gotten here in Tennessee, and it got in touch with law enforcement, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources stated.
Feld Entertainment is a live program business that operated the closed Ringling Bros. circus.
The animal’s owner had actually prepared to fly the feline to Germany to be part of another circus, Payne stated.
One of those who called 911 was Brittney Speck. She woke up to authorities activity outside her home and high beams coming through her windows as authorities looked for the tiger.
When she poked her head out her front door, she was advised by cops to return inside, so she did. Speck said her pet, who was in her backyard, was barking hysterically.
” I’ve never heard her bark like that before,” Speck stated. From her yard, Speck said she could see the tiger in her next-door neighbor’s yard, strolling around a minivan. When she saw where it was, Speck said she called 911 to give authorities the tiger’s area.
” I fell to the ground sobbing since my partner was yelling since the tiger had jumped on top of my pet dog,” she stated. Speck stated her canine managed to get far from the tiger and was playing around as cops closed in.
The tiger was cremated, stated Gerri Yoder, director of the Henry County Animal Care and Control Department.