Two tigers escape after tornado damages wildlife park enclosure; animals recaptured hours later

Published 1:43 pm Sunday, March 26, 2023

Two tigers escaped their enclosure at a Georgia wildlife park after the facility was struck by a tornado early Sunday. Both tigers were recaptured hours later, officials said.

The tigers escaped from the Wild Animal Safari after a storm Sunday morning, officials with the Troup County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Office said..

“Like much of Southwest Georgia, Pine Mountain Safari sustained extensive tornado damage this morning,” the Wild Animal Safari said on Facebook.

“Fortunately, none of our animals and employees were hurt. However, several animal enclosures were breeched, and two tigers briefly escaped. Both have now been found, tranquilized, and safely returned to a secure enclosure.

“We appreciate your concern and support during this difficult time. Pine Mountain Safari is committed to the safety of our employees, our animals, our customers, and our community. We will continue to update this page with other relevant storm-related information, as warranted.”