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article imageTiger spotted in town near Paris...no longer thought to be tiger

By Marcus Hondro     Nov 13, 2014 in World
Police are still searching for a wild animal in the French town of Montevrain, near Paris; it was first spotted in a parking lot and may have escaped from Disneyland. Police said today it was an unknown beast, not a tiger as first believed.
"My wife saw it this morning," Jean-Baptiste Berdeaux, the manager of the Intermarché supermarket store where the tiger was seen in the parking lot, said. "She didn't get out of the car and called me to say 'I think I saw a lynx.""
His wife took a photo and sent it to the police and the search began. Others also reported seeing the creature. The police have brought out a helicopter to join in the search. It may have escaped from the zoo area of Disneyland, about 10 km from the town, but that hasn't been confirmed, though authorities from Disneyland are reported to be on the scene.
Police are armed but say they will not shoot the animal - unless they have to. "If it's possible, we'll try and put it to sleep. If it becomes dangerous or aggressive, the order will be given to kill it," police said.
Residents of the town, and of two neighboring towns, are being told to stay indoors. "We are calling on inhabitants to be careful, not to leave their houses and to stay in their vehicles," Cedric Tartaud-Gineste, a town official, told the media.
PETA has issued a statement on the hunt for the animal: "PETA urges authorities to show restraint and compassion in dealing with this tiger on the loose," the group said. "Tigers who are relegated to prison-like cages in zoos and circuses are ticking time bombs.
"This situation, however upsetting, is entirely preventable and should serve as a wake-up call to the public about the perils of keeping wild animals in captivity."
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