ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities say a Bengal tiger shot and killed after frightening motorists on a Georgia interstate and chasing a dog through a neighborhood had escaped from a truck on its way from Florida to Tennessee.
Feld Entertainment spokesman Stephen Payne tells The Associated Press that 6-year-old Suzy somehow got loose during a watering break near Atlanta.
Henry County police say drivers spotted the tiger early Wednesday on Interstate 75 in Stockbridge, southeast of Atlanta.
Police say the cat ended up in a subdivision, where it began chasing a dog. Police then shot the tiger.
Payne said Suzy was a former performer in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The tiger was headed back to its European owner, animal handler Alexander Lacey, after the circus this year ended its 146-year run.