Just a few days after an escaped tiger on Qatar’s streets took social media by storm, more details have emerged about the circumstances leading to the incident.
Vernacular daily Malayala Manorama reported on Monday that the tiger escaped while being transported to the set of Malayalam movie ‘Marubhoomiyile Aana’ (Elephant in the desert).
The VK Prakash-directed film features popular actor Biju Menon in the lead role.
According to the daily, the tiger had been hired to shoot the hero’s introduction scene. The character was supposed to hold the animal by a chain while exiting his 4×4 vehicle.
The tiger was being transported to the shooting site in Umm Salal in a covered vehicle. But all hell broke loose when it escaped after the cage’s door accidentally opened.
Thankfully, the tiger’s trainers, who had been following closely in another vehicle, were able to take immediate control of the situation.
The film’s crew, unaware of the excitement created after the video went viral, completed the shoot and returned home.
But local event managers, who had hired the animal, were apprehended. It is understood that one of them paid a hefty fine and was released.
Live footage and pictures, shot by motorists on cellphone cameras, had become popular on the internet, under the hash tag #DohaTiger.