Security Message on Dangerous Animals (June 17, 2015)

Potential Dangers from Escaped Animals

June 17, 2015 | U.S. Embassy Tbilisi

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi informs U.S. citizens earlier today that an escaped tiger attacked a group of people near the zoo.  The tiger was subsequently killed by Georgian security services.  A second tiger sighting has since been reported in the Vake district near the corner of Paliashvili and Taktakishvili (formerly Riga) Streets.  Police have cordoned off the area and are responding to the report.

There are ongoing reports of sightings of potentially dangerous animals that escaped the Tbilisi Zoo during the flooding on June 14.  Due to the uncertainty surrounding the accountability for all zoo animals at this time, all U.S. citizens are urged to remain vigilant and report any sightings of such animals to the local authorities.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor local media for further information and updates.

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