Tiger surprises drivers on the highway


HENRY COUNTY, GA – A tiger that was spotted on the northbound lanes of I-75 early Wednesday morning was shot by officers in a nearby neighborhood, reports WCGL-TV, a CBS Atlanta affiliate.

A Henry County police officer reported seeing the animal on the freeway and police received several 911 calls about the animal.

Police told WGCL the tiger was shot by officers after it was seen jumping a resident’s fence after 6 a.m.

They say they chose to shoot because they weren’t equipped with tranquilizer guns and didn’t want to wait for the guns to arrive.

One person posted an alleged photo of the animal on Twitter:

As school day approached, officers didn’t want children to be in danger while they waited at the bus stop.

Several Facebook friends commented on WGCL’s posts, claiming to have seen the animal at some point. An employee at a nearby Hardees site said a man in the parking lot told her the tiger was on the loose when she arrived at work just before 4 a.m.

WGCL’s Facebook friend Connie Kidd said she reported the animal to police around 4:40 a.m. Kidd said the animal was walking in her front yard.

A woman who lives in the area says the tiger pounced on her dog before the tiger was killed. The woman says her dog is fine but was obviously surprised.

It’s still unclear where the tiger came from, but Noah’s Ark Wildlife Sanctuary in Locust Grove says all of its tigers are counted.

The shrine issued a statement saying, “Noah’s Ark was contacted by Henry County Police with reports of a tiger running loose on I-75. We responded immediately and were on our way to the scene in hopes of chemically immobilizing the tiger and bring it to Noah’s ark. Unfortunately, human life became in danger and the tiger was shot by the authorities. All of our tigers are found. Thanks to the officers for doing their best to bring this animal to safety.

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