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After 4 Days, Siberian Tiger Climbs Down From Tree

Aired October 25, 2000 - 2:55 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: A cat stuck in a tree in England the last few days finally climbed down. Big deal, right?

Well, it was in this case. This is a big cat.

Here's ITN reporter Terry Lloyd.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

TERRY LLOYD, ITN REPORTER (voice-over): Four days and nights as top cat stuck up a tree was quite enough for Kira the Siberian tiger. In the dead of night, she inched her way down from her 40-foot perch, much to the relief of keepers at Whipsnade Animal Park.

CLAIRE BIDDER, WHIPSNADE ANIMAL PARK: It was more than likely hunger that brought her down. She was moving about quite a bit yesterday, trying to find her way down, although it was quite stormy last night as well.

LLOYD (on camera): How relieved are you here?

BIDDER: Very. Very pleased that she's down and safe.

LLOYD (voice-over): This was the sorry sight yesterday with Kira stuck in the branches. It's not unusual for a tiger to climb, but the scaredy-cat was too frightened to come down. She was left hungry and exhausted.

Today, as worried animal lovers made for the zoo, Kira was already tucking into her first square meal since ending her adventure. She was back to Earth safe and well, and with a healthy appetite.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I just saw her as a tired little baby (UNINTELLIGIBLE) what she is now. I felt quite sorry for her and I thought to make sure she's all right.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We were interested in seeing where she was stuck up the tree. But luckily, she seems to be down now and she seems to be OK.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I wanted to see her up in the tree.

LLOYD (on camera): So are you disappointed she has come down now? UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes. But I wanted her down as well.

LLOYD: Just to make sure she was safe?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes.

LLOYD: Vertigo may no longer be a problem for Kira the celebrity tiger. After breakfast with the rest of her family, she climbed back up on her man-made perch for a well-earned nap. But for now, that's as high as she's going.

Terry Lloyd, ITN, at Whipsnade Animal Park.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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