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There's ANOTHER tiger on the loose after those floods in Georgia

The first was killed after mauling a man to death this week.

tigerhunt Source: Rustavi 2 Television

GEORGIAN POLICE ARE hunting down a tiger who escaped from a flooded zoo after another one mauled a man to death before being killed this week.

“A large feline has been spotted by at least 15 local residents” on the outskirts of Tbilisi, one professional hunter said in televised comments.

“The search for the animal is underway,” he added.

“Professional hunters equipped with tranquilliser darts have joined the police operation to hunt down escaped animals,” Giorgi Gibradze, spokesman of Georgia’s Crisis Management Council, told journalists.

He said an emergency call centre had so far received 47 reports about animals apparently spotted by people in neighbourhoods across Tbilisi, “but all of them turned out to be false alarms.”

tiger A mobile phone image of the second escaped tiger in Georgia. Source: Rustavi 2 Television

On Wednesday, a white tiger that escaped from the Tbilisi Zoo mauled a man to death in the city centre before being shot dead by police.

The zoo said on Thursday that several animals may still be at large.

“But we need to complete a thorough inventory of dead and surviving animals to know for sure,” a spokeswoman told AFP.

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The flash flood at the weekend tore through central Tbilisi, wrecking the zoo and killing 19 people including three zoo workers.

Lions, tigers, bears and a hippo were seen roaming the flooded streets after the disaster and were either shot dead or recaptured and returned to their enclosures.

More than half of the zoo’s 600 animals died in the flood.

Animal rights activists have demanded an investigation into the handling of the disaster, insisting that some of the animals shot dead by police did not need to be killed.

Contains reporting by AFP.

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