Tiger escape sparks scare

Officials carry a tranquilised tiger to a cage at Guwahati Zoo yesterday. (AFP)

Around 10,000 frightened visitors were evacuated from a zoo in northeastern India when two Bengal tigers slinked out of their cage to mingle with the crowd.

The tigers opened the door to the iron enclosures and sneaked out while keepers disinfected the cage at the zoo in Guwahati, the main city in the state of Assam.

"Fortunately the two cats remained inside the zoo complex and did not try to venture out in the streets," said zoo warden.

"We immediately evacuated the visitors and tried to locate the cats before tranquilising one of them relaxing by the side of a pool inside the zoo," he said.

 

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