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'Tiger on the loose' turns out to be a toy

February 6, 2018 | Comment icon 6 comments

It turned out that the ferocious feline wasn't actually very ferocious. Image Credit: Facebook / Police Scotland
A stuffed tiger toy found in a cowshed managed to spark an armed police alert in Scotland at the weekend.
A farmer in Aberdeenshire got the fright of his life when he spotted the large orange cat in one of his farm buildings on Saturday night and rushed to phone the emergency services for help.

When police officers - including an armed unit - arrived on the scene however, it turned out that the ferocious beast, far from being an escaped zoo animal, was actually nothing more than a cuddly toy.

"We received a call from an extremely concerned member of the public late on Saturday evening with regards to a wild animal being loose in the grounds of a farm," said Inspector George Cordiner.
"Unusual as the call may have seemed, any call reporting a potential danger to the public has to be taken seriously and efforts were made to verify the sighting as soon as possible, including starting to make contact with the nearest wildlife park to make sure they did not have an escapee."

"As is standard practice when we are made aware of a potential threat to the public the use of firearms officers was considered as a contingency. In this case, they attended the area in support of the local community officers but they were not deployed nor required."

"We appreciate that it was a false call made with genuine good intent."

Source: BBC News | Comments (6)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Piney 5 years ago
Comment icon #2 Posted by rashore 5 years ago
I can understand the farmers concern... but it does make me wonder who put the toy there and why did they pull this prank on this farmer.
Comment icon #3 Posted by OverSword 5 years ago
Comment icon #4 Posted by LightAngel 5 years ago
This is really funny to me because I have the same big toy tiger 
Comment icon #5 Posted by BorizBadinov 5 years ago
Its obvious isn't it? 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Brandy333 5 years ago
I know this farmer's concern seeing what he thought was a real Tiger and the threat involved.  They are making these stuffed animals look more and more life-like.  Several years ago I bought a very real looking stuffed Possum from a restaurant, but my Great Pyrenees who guarded my goats took it as his own and would park it here and there.  Well one day my dad shot at it from a distance with a 22 rifle.   Thinking he'd shot something he told me to come and look.   About halfway there I had to laugh when saw it was that toy Possum. To that farmer it probably wasn't funny, but most likely it was ... [More]

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