LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. — A tiger that escaped from the home of a movie actor who once played Tarzan was shot to death Tuesday after it lunged at a state wildlife officer who was trying to capture it.
Officers approached the tiger, intending to shoot it with tranquilizers. But the tiger jumped at one officer, who fired a shotgun in self-defense, said Jorge Pino, a spokesman with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
A dozen wildlife trackers and sheriff's deputies had searched more than 24 hours for the animal, which escaped Monday. They had kept watch Tuesday in a five-acre area of dense slash pines and palm trees, hoping to catch the 6-year-old tiger named Bobo.
His owner, Steve Sipek, developed a soft spot for jungle beasts after playing Tarzan in B movies decades ago. Sipek has another tiger, a panther, a cougar and lions on his South Florida compound about 10 miles from West Palm Beach.