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Toy tiger sparks armed police alert in UK


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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 03:31 PM

www.telegraph.co.uk said:

Police are today trying to trace the owner of a toy life-size tiger which sparked a major operation involving armed officers and a force helicopter.

The alert was raised by several members of the public yesterday afternoon when they spotted what they believed to be a live white tiger in a field near Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire.

The police helicopter was scrambled and a golf course cleared after police arrived at the scene and confirmed the sighting.

Armed police were called to the scene in case the animal came too close to members of the public.

Specialist staff from nearby Marwell Zoo also attended to advise and potentially tranquilise the wild animal.

A local golf course was evacuated and plans were put in place to close the nearby M27 motorway if necessary in case the tiger moved in that direction.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 04:03 PM

HA! That was funny. I can just imagine how embarrassed they must have felt when they realized they went through all that over a toy.

But they had a sense of humour about it anyways it seems.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 03:13 AM

Pretty funny and has to have been a prank.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 04:38 AM

I have to say, that is a remarkably life-like stuffed toy tiger!


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 11:10 AM

That stuffed tiger toy DOES look real!

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 11:37 AM

Doesn't anybody own binoculars? Even without them, I'd think a few minutes of observation should have made it obvious this wasn't real... IMO


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 12:49 PM

"Hey, Elroy?  I think maybe that tiger ain't a real tiger.  You wanna toss a few pebbles at him, or give him a poke with a stick, and see if he eats you or something?"

So, who wants to be that guy?


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:01 PM

haha its obvious!!! its not real.. but why does it sparks?? maybe there is a real treat there..maybe he wanted to divert attention and rob the neighboring shop...hehehe

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:01 PM

View Postaquatus1, on 23 May 2011 - 12:49 PM, said:

"Hey, Elroy?  I think maybe that tiger ain't a real tiger.  You wanna toss a few pebbles at him, or give him a poke with a stick, and see if he eats you or something?"

So, who wants to be that guy?

:P Well...you would think someone would have noticed that it didn't move an inch during all that time. Especially with all of the activity in the area, not to mention the helicopter flying overhead.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:11 PM

View PostMichelle, on 23 May 2011 - 01:01 PM, said:

:P Well...you would think someone would have noticed that it didn't move an inch during all that time. Especially with all of the activity in the area, not to mention the helicopter flying overhead.


Maybe it was scared stiff lol  Good looking doll though.

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:15 PM

lmao I'm pretty certain that the lack of movement should have given it away. :ph34r:

View PostMichelle, on 23 May 2011 - 01:01 PM, said:

:P Well...you would think someone would have noticed that it didn't move an inch during all that time. Especially with all of the activity in the area, not to mention the helicopter flying overhead.

Exactly :lol:

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Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:17 PM

Reminds me of the story of the man who walked around the side of his car in his carport to find a life sized stuff tiger, and thought that it was the real deal, so ran inside, called the police, pound and zoo, only to realize when they came that it wasn't even moving.


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 01:39 PM

Where can I get a toy tiger like this? I feel the need for some trolling :P


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 02:30 PM

Well where can one get a stuffed skunk.I have a few place to set it.Nobody wants to go near one these to see if it is sleeping.Incidentally this tiger was close to my home. Such a toy would be quite expensive,so I guess many people will claim it


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Posted 23 May 2011 - 02:45 PM

If this were in the US, it would have been shot without a question.  Not saying that is good or bad... just say'n for say'n's sake.





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