This happened in the North-East in the Hatton area, the EveningExpress reports. As it stands right now the whole story sounds quite funny and amusing.
But one thing is for sure. No one was laughing when the event was unfolding, that’s for sure. The farmer called in saying there was a real tiger in his cow shed. He even sent a photograph which was confirmed by a Sergeant.
Several units of armed police officers along with three ARV’s and a dog handler were immediately sent to the address. Some even say the big cat’s ears twitch a little. As time passes officers start to notice that the tiger isn’t really moving.
One Sergeant moves in a bit closer and… realizes this is just a stuffed animal. The operation is called off with relief and some laughs.
The farmer is not named. The police say he was very embarrassed by the ordeal. Happily, the police isn’t angry at the bloke for the mistake.
“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 in the Hatton area”, Inspector George Cordiner says. “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 making contact with the nearest wildlife park to make sure they did not have an escapee. The incident was stood down within 45 minutes once officers attended and established there was no threat to the public. We appreciate that it was a false call made with genuine good intent.”
We have to say, from the first photo, the tiger can definitely scare you. It remains unclear how the plushie got there. It seems someone place it there with the intent of a prank.