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Tiger Makes Off With Handbag Dropped In Enclosure

Tiger Makes Off With Handbag Dropped In Enclosure

Oh well, there goes the family kitty.

When mum Li Qin Hao dropped her handbag over a fence in Shanghai Zoo in eastern China she thought she would just reach over and grab it.

That was until she saw that a huge Bengal tiger had taken a shine to the brown patent leather accessory.

Hao said: "I couldn't believe it when I saw the huge tiger suddenly appear and go straight for my handbag.

"After I had dropped it into the moat the tiger jumped in and picked it up in her mouth and began walking around the enclosure with it.

"My children and everyone else thought it was hilarious and even I had to see the funny side in the end.

"But all my cash and keys and credit cards were in that bag. I had to have it back," she added.

Snaps of the bizarre handbag snatch spread like wildfire through Chinese social websites.

Zoo officials in Shanghai arranged for Hao and her family to have a free pass for the rest of the day until they could retrieve the bag.

"We waited until the tiger was being fed in another part of the enclosure and a member of staff retrieved the bag. It was a bit chewed and soggy but it was all there," said manager He Ch'in.

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