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  Malaysian tiger doesn't want to go free
Updated 19 January 2003, 18.44
Malaysian tiger
A Malaysian tiger seems to want to stay with his owner rather than be set free in the wild.

Charlie the tiger made headlines when he was pictured with owner Zaitun Arshad in a jeep in northern Malaysia.

But Mr Zaitun faced jail because Malaysian authorities said he didn't have a permit for Charlie.

So Mr Zaitun tried to set Charlie free in front of reporters.

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But after lurking around in some trees, Charlie came bounding back to him when his name was called.

Mr Zaitun is hoping to get a licence so he can bring Charlie home.

The pair used to walk together daily so Charlie, who eats six chickens and six kilos of beef a day, could snack on twigs and leaves.

Tigers are a national symbol in Malaysia and heavily protected.

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