Escaped zoo tiger kills man in Tbilisi, Georgia – CNN

Tbilisi, Georgia (CNN)Police have shot and killed a white tiger that killed one man and injured another Wednesday in Tbilisi, Georgia, a Ministry of Internal Affairs representative said.

The animal had been unaccounted for after severe flooding over the weekend destroyed the city zoo, allowing hundreds of wild animals to escape.

The attack happened at a warehouse in the city center. There are no details yet on the condition of the second man.

At least 19 people died in the flooding, according to Civil Georgia, a news website run by the nongovernmental organization United Nations Association of Georgia. Six more remained missing, it said Tuesday, citing the State Security and Crisis Management Council.

The zoo lost about half of its 600 animals, among them lions, tigers, bears and wolves, in the disaster. Some animals have been recaptured, Civil Georgia reported. Others have been killed.

Weekend video from the city showed what appeared to be a crocodile slithering down the city streets, as well as a hippopotamus standing around in flood waters, looking confused.

    Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili extended his condolences Tuesday to the families of those people killed in the flooding.

    He also proposed the creation of a park in the zoo premises to honor those lost. “It will be a park of solidarity, a symbol of our unity, selflessness, and mutual support,” he said in a statement on his website.


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