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westminsterhousesofparliamentMPVIDEO: Laughter erupted in the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions today when the Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, brought up the subject of the Isle of Wight Zoo attempting to rescue a tiger.

Today’s PMQs in Westminster was the first for new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and featured some heavy discussion on subjects such as mental health, but the mood was suddenly changed when backbencher Turner raised concerns about the Isle of Wight Zoo’s struggle to import a tiger from Belgium.

In a call to the Prime Minster, David Cameron to assist in cutting red-tape surrounding the importation of the tiger, Andrew described how the animal has spent some 2 years in isolation and that the Isle of Wight Zoo are finding it difficult to rescue it.

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David Cameron said he does want to hear about the Tiger and that he will work with DEFRA to look into the situation. The Prime Minister referenced a similar situation he has personally experienced with the Cotswold Wildlife Park.

UPDATE @ 17:25 – In a statement issued this evening Mr Turner has said:

“Although there may be more important issues, during PMQs you need to judge whether to achieve something positive or simply get a soundbite. Simi, the tiger has been in inadequate, temporary housing for far too long after being badly abused.  I have been trying to help the Isle of Wight Zoo break through the bureaucracy- so far without success. It was interesting to hear that the Prime Minister has intervened in a similar situation in Oxfordshire. I hope that with the support of the Prime Minister, Simi will enjoy as happy a life as Nancy is now.”

Click the video below to watch the discussion in the House of Commons



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