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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Feb 03, 2003
Location: Jacksonville, Florida

Animal: Bengal Tiger
Animal Disposition: recaptured

Facility Type: Circus
Facility Name: UniverSoul Circus

Category: Escape of animal
Species: Big Cat

Summary: Chad, a 450-pound Bengal tiger with the UniverSoul Circus, squeezed through an opening between his cage and a holding cage and escaped. Climbing over a car and over a fence, Chad startled a police officer and a drive-in worker at a nearby Wendy’s before circus workers were able to coax him back inside his cage. Hundreds of people witnessed Chad’s escape.

Source: Associated Press, The Florida Times-Union, WJXT-TV Channel 4 (IND) Jacksonville

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