Loose tiger on the prowl in Doha

Photos and videos of the animal have been circulating widely on social media.

It is illegal to keep wild animals as pets in Qatar as well as the United Arab Emirates, which is a member of the Convention on the Illegal Trade of Endangered Species.

However, it is not uncommon for locals to have tigers and cheetahs as pets, often as status symbol.

Despite repeated warnings from the authorities, the enforcement of these regulations is patchy, according to Doha News.

Under Qatari law, those found breaking the law could face a prison sentence of six months and a fine ranging from QR1,000 to QR10,000 ($275-$2,750).

Source: Al Jazeera