Friday, July 31, 2009

Tiger does a disappearing act from Las Vegas magic show... and prowls the city's streets

Tiger does a disappearing act from Las Vegas magic show... and prowls the city's streets

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 11:57 AM on 31st July 2009

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A rare white tiger that features in a Las Vegas magic show performed a surprise disappearing act - when it escaped from its cage and went on the prowl.

Terrified residents in the northwest of the city spotted the big cat wandering the streets on Thursday evening.

Police and the Animal Rescue Service were alerted and the tiger was cornered in a family's back garden.
Police Lt. Les Lane said the cat belonged to Fercos Brothers magic act.
He confirmed the white tiger got loose, but added: 'We got it back into custody.'

A spokesman for the magic act said the tiger was tame and presented no danger to the public.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Fisherman taken away by tiger

Fisherman taken away by tiger

Jul 09, 2009

Canning (WB), July 8 In another tiger attack in the Sunderbans, a fisherman was taken away by a big cat at Matla area tonight.

Bhaben Gayen (42) was catching shrimps at a creek near mangrove forest when a tiger suddenly pounced on him and took him away, Field Director, Sunderban Tiger Reserve, Subrat Mukhopadhyay said.

Gayen's companions were too stunned to react as the carnivore swiftly vanished into the jungles.

The body of Gayen, who had valid pass for fishing in the restricted area, could not be traced till late hours, Mukhopadhyay said.

The forest department provides Rs 25,000 as compensation to the next of kin of the valid fishing pass holders in the event of their death in tiger attacks.

There had been a couple of cases of villagers killed and injured in tiger attack in the Sunderbans area in the past one year.