MELUN, France : Police and firefighters were desperately hunting for a tiger on the loose near Paris Thursday after a local resident spotted the fearsome animal in a car park and sounded the alert, authorities said. Backed up by a helicopter overhead, firefighters armed with tranquilising guns were mobilised for the search in the Seine-et-Marne district near the French capital. ‘We have been running after it since this morning, police officers are trying to intercept it,’ a police source said.

A woman spotted the animal in a supermarket car park in the town of Montevrain on Thursday morning.