The big cat was escorted to its cage after finishing a show on Friday in China's Chongyang county but trainers failed to lock the cage properly after which the animal slipped out.
Circus staff, who were taking a break, spotted and captured on camera the animal wandering around. Staff then called local police for help.
Armed with steel rods, a dozen policemen and circus members captured the big cat after a 50-minute-long search. The circus was stationed in an open land in a village, according to local reports.
Training with the circus for over a year, the tiger performed tricks like jumping through fire rings and going down a slide, South China Morning Post quoted a local newspaper
The circus, originally from China's Jiangsu, had been performing in the area since Friday to mark China's week-long Mid-Autumn festival. They were let off with a warning about their security measures and asked to leave the area immediately.
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