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Tiger sculpture prompts armed police response

Posted on Sunday, 3 May, 2020 | Comment icon 8 comments

Fortunately this tiger is harmless. Image Credit: Twitter / Martha Simpson
Armed police combed a forest in Kent on Saturday after a member of the public reported a tiger on the loose.
The bizarre incident, which occurred near the village of Underriver, saw armed officers and a police helicopter conduct a search of local woodland "following a report from a member of the public that a large wild cat had been seen in the area."

As it turned out however, the 'tiger' was in fact a wire and resin sculpture that had been in the woods for the better part of 20 years. It had been created by artist Juliet Simpson back in the 1990s.

"Out of the field opposite came a whole crowd of armed police, who by then knew that it was all a false alarm and I said 'would they like to be introduced to my real live tiger ?'" she told BBC Radio Kent.

"It looks quite real, it's meant to look real and it is about 30 meters from the footpath so you can't see it very closely."
"I took them down to the sculpture where they all had a good laugh and took a lot of photographs."

It remains unclear whether or not the person who reported it genuinely mistook it for the real thing.

"Officers, including armed officers, attended as a precaution and, following a search of the area, have established there was no animal and no risk to the public," the police stated.

Source: BBC News | Comments (8)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by third_eye on 3 May, 2020, 14:01
Meanwhile, the real tiger was hiding in the basement... ~
Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam on 3 May, 2020, 14:04
The tiger will have plenty of meat to eat if it finds acute's freezer.
Comment icon #3 Posted by third_eye on 3 May, 2020, 14:05
...and a steady supply of squatters... ~
Comment icon #4 Posted by freetoroam on 3 May, 2020, 14:06
Here kitty kitty.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Tuco's Gas on 3 May, 2020, 17:34
In England? Isn't a real tiger there about as likely as a polar bear living here in Texas?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Susanc241 on 4 May, 2020, 7:31
Well, no, if it had escaped from a local zoo. Never say never!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Myles on 4 May, 2020, 12:39
Did they see Carol Baskin around?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jon the frog on 5 May, 2020, 21:08
At least they didn't shot it...

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