RESCUED circus tiger Simi — who got a special mention in the House of Commons — has died.

Simi hit the headlines in 2015 when then Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner asked then Prime Minister David Cameron to intervene and help the Isle of Wight Zoo get through a ‘bureaucratic log jam’ which was preventing them from bringing Simi to the Island.

The question came during Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s first appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions.

The zoo said today: "It is with great sadness we must report our beautiful tigress Simi passed away last week after a short illness related to injuries sustained in her previous life as a circus performer.

"Simi arrived on the Island in January 2016. She was originally confiscated near Hamburg in Germany on animal welfare grounds and our team first encountered her at a rescue centre in Belgium.

"Getting her to the Island was not straightforward and Simi had a brief window of fame when a question regarding permissions for her rescue was brought up in the House of Commons.

"With the help of the government we were finally granted permission to transport her from Belgium to the zoo.

"She seemed to know she was heading for a rosier future as she slept throughout the entire journey and upon her arrival soon developed a trusting relationship with the staff.

"This was remarkable after the way she had been treated by humans previously."

Deputy animal manager Carolyn Lorek said: “Simi was a feisty and highly intelligent lady who relished her training.

"She loved to run, chase and swim in her pool — always diving in headfirst.”

Simi had a recurring problem with her back paw, which the keepers, working tirelessly with her, finally overcame, training her to present her foot every day for topical treatment.

While the staff were able to treat her superficial wounds, Simi had more severe underlying problems, which finally took their toll.