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French authorities say a young tiger is on the loose near Disneyland Paris, one of Europe's top tourist destinations, and have urged residents in three towns to stay indoors (AP/Ville de Montebrain)

French authorities say a young tiger is on the loose near Disneyland Paris, one of Europe's top tourist destinations, and have urged residents in three towns to stay indoors (AP/Ville de Montebrain)

Members of the police animal brigade walk through the streets of Montevrain. (AP)

Members of the police animal brigade walk through the streets of Montevrain. (AP)

The tiger was spotted around 5 miles away from Disneyland

The tiger was spotted around 5 miles away from Disneyland

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French authorities say a young tiger is on the loose near Disneyland Paris, one of Europe's top tourist destinations, and have urged residents in three towns to stay indoors (AP/Ville de Montebrain)

A young tiger is on the loose near Disneyland Paris.

Residents in three nearby towns have been urged to stay indoors.

The town of Montevrain sent out a news alert on its Facebook page saying a young tiger was spotted behind some tennis courts and a football pitch. The pitch is about five-and-a-half miles from Disneyland Paris.

Around 60 police, fire and other security forces are trying to track the tiger, which is estimated to weigh around 70 kilograms.

Police were using a helicopter to help search for the animal, and a wolf-catcher was also drafted in to aid in the search.

Police and rescue squads at the scene have roped off a security perimeter and urged people living in Montevrain, Chessy and Chalifert to remain indoors. If they had to travel, police advised them to stay in their cars.

The Parc des Felins, a wild cat animal park about 18 miles from Montevrain, said in a statement on its web site that all of its animals were accounted for and the escaped tiger didn't come from there.

EuroDisney, the operator of Disneyland Paris, said it has no tigers in the theme park, so the errant cat could not have come from them either. It wasn't immediately clear if any extra precautions had been taken inside the park.

Disneyland Paris calls itself Europe's number one tourist destination with 14.9 million visits in 2013.

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