Friday 4 May 2007

When tigers ran free...

19th October 1984 - The Sun reported on five tigers which escaped from Howlett's Zoo Park. Fortean Times magazine briefly covered the incident in Issue 43 as follows:

'The tigers were deliberately freed from Howlett's Zoo Park which belongs to John Aspinall. Two adult Indian tigers, Gelam and Putra, and three of their offspring were seen wandering about by a postman. Four were caught, but a three-year old female headed across fields towards Littlebourne. Mrs Maureen Taylor saw it stalking her goat. Keepers arrived and shot the tigress dead after 45 minutes of freedom.

Four years before two keepers at the zoo were mauled to death by one Siberian tigress, one after she leapt a ten-foot fence. '

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