on the loose

Tiger spotted roaming through traffic in the Middle East

The animal was caught on camera by a motorist in the Qatari capital of Doha earlier today.

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A TIGER HAS been spotted roaming in and out of traffic in capital of Gulf state Qatar.

The video, which was posted online earlier today, shows the animal weaving in and out of gridlocked traffic on the Doha expressway.

Government officials confirmed that they would be investigating the incident after the footage emerged.

Other footage of the animal initially falling onto the road from a truck has also appeared online.

It is not clear at the moment who the cat belongs to, but it is being reported by local media that the animal may have been an escaped pet.

In the video what appears to be a collar can be seen around its neck.

The country’s interior ministry confirmed on Twitter that it was investigating the incident.

A number of Gulf states have previously been criticised for the proliferation of the illegal animal trade, with it being reported in 2014 that there was rising trade in cheetahs across the region.

Contains reporting from AFP 

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