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Tiger kills man after escape from Georgia zoo during floods

By Claire Cromie

Published 17/06/2015

People help a hippopotamus after it escaped from a flooded zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia
People help a hippopotamus after it escaped from a flooded zoo in Tbilisi, Georgia
The body of a bear lies at a flooded area in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Tigers, lions, a hippopotamus and other animals have escaped from the zoo in Georgiaís capital after heavy flooding destroyed their enclosures, prompting authorities to warn residents in Tbilisi to say inside Sunday. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)
A worker sits near the body of a lion at a flooded zoo area in Tbilisi, Georgia, Sunday, June 14, 2015. Tigers, lions, a hippopotamus and other animals have escaped from the zoo in Georgiaís capital after heavy flooding destroyed their enclosures, prompting authorities to warn residents in Tbilisi to say inside Sunday. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)
People clean a flooded area in Tbilisi, Georgia (AP)
Two zebras which escaped from a flooded zoo stand on a hill inside the zoo in Tbilisi (AP)
Volunteers walk past an overturned truck after Sunday's flooding in Tbilisi (AP)

A tiger that escaped when floods hit a zoo in Georgia has killed a man and reportedly wounded another person.

The animal is being hunted by special forces.

It was among dozens that escaped after torrential rain turned a small river running through Tbilisi Zoo in the Georgian capital into a raging torrent that swept away houses and destroyed roads on Saturday.

A hippopotamus had to be shot with a tranquiliser gun as it roamed the streets and an alligator was filmed swimming around the city by a drone.

The lion, according to local media reports, eluded a citywide search for stray animals because it had been in a warehouse.

Many of the animals drowned in the flood waters. Others were shot dead or euthanised by police.

Residents were warned to stay indoors as police conducted the hunt.

At least 15 people were killed after heavy rain turned a normally pleasant city stream into a fierce torrent that destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes in the former Soviet republic.

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