Escaped tiger kills man in Georgia

White tiger kills textile plant worker in vacant storeroom after hiding for three days

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Oct 13, 2015

A Georgian textile plant employee Otar Tsukhishvili was killed by a white tiger on Tuesday after escaping from the zoo in the Georgian capital Tbilisi following heavy floods that killed 19 people in total.

Georgian Interior Affairs Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri has announced that the tiger was shot by the police over attacking two women and killed one of them.

"We tried our best to sedate the tiger, but it was not possible because the animal was too aggressive. So unfortunately we had to liquidate it," Gomelauri added.

Although zoo personnel announced on Tuesday that they found dead bodies of the missing lions and tigers, the newly emerged tiger caused fear in public.

Gomelauri said that the security personnel found the tiger "hiding in an unused storeroom."

After entering the storeroom 43-year-old Tsukhishvili was mauled to death. He was sent to hospital, but could not be saved.

Tbilisi's Republican Hospital Avtandil Imedadze hospital director said “He [Tsukhishvili ] had cardiac arrest, life-threatening wounds. Unfortunately, the patient died of heart failure and recovery was not possible.”

The tiger was one of the 30 animals which have escaped from the Tbilisi Zoo after the flood.

Lions, tigers, bears, hippos and other wild animals have been found in the streets of Tbilisi while Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has urged Georgian residents to stay indoors as animals are roaming the streets.

While security officials were hunting down animals, tranquilizing some and shooting others dead,according to AFP. Tbilisi Zoo spokeswoman Mzia Sharashidze told the Inter Press News agency that three bodies were found at the zoo and that two of the dead were employees.

As search for the animals is underway rescue workers are airlifting dozens from flood-affected areas.

A Georgian rescue team found the African penguin in Azerbaijan. Officials believed that, the penguin used Tbilisi river to enter the country.

While 40 families have lost their homes, rescue teams and security personnel have been searching for six missing people since Sunday.

TRTWorld and agencies