ROME: A tiger caused mass panic in an Italian city after it escaped a circus cage and entered a town with home to 38,000 people.
Locals couldn’t believe their eyes as the white feline, called Oscar, perched outside of a block of flats in a town near Palermo.
Mayor Piero Capizzi said he thought someone was joking when he was told a tiger was on the loose in Monreale.
Traffic was blocked for a few hours along the nearby highway as authorities struggled to contain the enormous tiger.
But eventually he was re-captured after being coaxed to go inside a series of increasingly smaller cages.
He was then taken back to the circus – where he will be made to perform on Monday.