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Tigers back in captivity after brief break for freedom in Netherlands

Published 14/05/2016

Two tigers have escaped from their enclosure
Two tigers have escaped from their enclosure

Two tigers escaped from their enclosure at a Dutch big cat sanctuary on Saturday, prompting police to warn residents to stay indoors, but the animals were shot with tranquillisers and never got beyond the sanctuary's outer fence.

"The tigers are back from their adventure and indoors sleeping it off," tweeted the local Dutch municipality of Ooststellingwerf in Friesland province.

Police spokeswoman Nathalie Schubart said the animals had been cornered by officers and tranquillised by a veterinarian as the sanctuary's outer fence was not considered tiger-proof.

Ms Schubart said it was not immediately clear how the animals escaped, but a gate to their enclosure could have been left open.

The tigers, reportedly a brother and a sister, did not hurt anyone during their brief foray into the wooded grounds of the sanctuary, which cares for big cats from zoos, circuses and private owners.

Calls to the sanctuary near the village of Oldeberkoop, 87 miles north east of Amsterdam, went unanswered.

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