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Toy tiger sparks armed police alert in UK

Posted on Monday, 23 May, 2011 | Comment icon 26 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Armed police officers and a helicopter were called in after a white tiger was spotted in a field.

Evacuating a nearby golf course the police called in specialist staff from a zoo to determine how best to catch the tiger, however something seemed to be amiss when the helicopter's thermal camera failed to pick up any heat signature. "The tiger then rolled over in the down draft and it was at that point it became obvious it was a stuffed life-size toy," says a police spokewoman.

"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."

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Comment icon #17 Posted by theGhost_and_theDarkness on 23 May, 2011, 15:32
This story reminded me of this extremely hilarious police blotter: "Police receive a report of a newborn infant found in a trash can. Upon investigation, officers discover it was only a burrito." XD I can't read it without almost dying. I just get this awesome image in my head of police holding this frantic crowd back, and one officer coming out and saying "Folks! It's okay! It was only a burrito!" link
Comment icon #18 Posted by AliveInDeath on 23 May, 2011, 15:37
The stuffed tiger wanted some fresh air. This made my morning.
Comment icon #19 Posted by DKST on 23 May, 2011, 16:17
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. I would seriously hope not. Can you imagine the international outrage and backlash that would course? The Tiger (especially White)is far to endangered to just "shot without question".
Comment icon #20 Posted by terbo559 on 23 May, 2011, 16:24
lmfao. that was funny
Comment icon #21 Posted by BlazedAzz on 23 May, 2011, 21:45
hahaha the tiger was a ninja and fooled all you suckers with a decoy
Comment icon #22 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 23 May, 2011, 22:11
I would seriously hope not. Can you imagine the international outrage and backlash that would course? The Tiger (especially White)is far to endangered to just "shot without question". It's not hard to look around on here and find me talking about how close many Tiger species are to the point of no return. But white Tigers are not a subspecies of Tiger. Being white doesn't make it any more endangered than any other Tiger.
Comment icon #23 Posted by morganharmony on 24 May, 2011, 1:04
Hahhaha cuuuute
Comment icon #24 Posted by Robert1 on 25 May, 2011, 20:59
Sometimes these stories are just too funny.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Zantetsuken on 29 May, 2011, 18:33
hahaha... a very good prank..
Comment icon #26 Posted by Ghostdancer on 2 June, 2011, 22:47
I am reminded of stories coming out of the UK of big cats not native to the area such as leopards and North American pumas living in the wilds. At one time people kept these as pets until a law was passed forbidding this in the UK and these people just turned them loose; some of which mated creating wild populations so I've heard and read anyway.


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