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.
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. Click for more trending news