LATEST: A tiger which escaped from retired actor STEVE SIPEK's big cat sanctuary in Loxahatchee, Florida, has been shot to death after it attacked a police officer who was trying to capture the beast.

Six-year-old BOBO escaped from his cage on Monday (12JUL04) and sent locals into a frenzy when they heard their lives may be at risk.

Sipek, who once played Tarzan on TV in America, insisted that the big cat was harmless as it had been brought up in captivity and had been de-clawed.

JORGE PINO, a spokesman for Florida's FISH + WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION, says, "Needless to say, the owner is very distraught. We're distraught."

14/07/2004 21:17