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Toy tiger causes UK police roar

2011-05-23 17:30

London - Police scrambled helicopters and ordered tranquilisers to hunt what they feared was an escaped wild animal in southern England - but found that the tiger was a toy.

Hampshire Police say they responded after several residents called in to say they'd seen a white tiger in a field near a golf course in Hedge End, near the English coastal city of Southampton.

A tongue-in-cheek recorded message posted to the force's media line said that after "a brief stalk through the Hedge End savannah ... it became obvious that the tiger was a stuffed, life-sized toy".

A second message posted on Sunday emphasised police had a duty to take such sightings seriously. As for the renegade tiger, "it's being treated as lost property".

Comments
  • Dubya - 2011-05-23 17:49

    This would only happen in the UK! Anything bigger than a rat and everyone scatter!

      AmbercrestBB - 2011-05-23 18:37

      It sounds rather like our goverment Roars like a tiger, but acts like a soft toy!

      Barry M - 2011-05-24 09:40

      Ever hear of the SAS - the British have some serious military manpower depite the best efforts of their govenment!

  • James - 2011-05-23 18:34

    The ridiculous liberalism and health and safety regime on this pathetic island have turned "Great Britain" into plain old spineless "Bri'ain". The modern British kid is so pathetic it can't climb a tree.

      Barker - 2011-05-23 19:56

      The modern South African kid is so pathetic cos they too busy bossing their parents around !!!

      ryan.lockwood.5477272 - 2012-08-27 14:16

      James, citation please!

  • Fran - 2011-05-23 19:58

    someone's been to a funfair lately.. hee hee hee

  • Carolyn - 2011-05-24 09:28

    ha ha ha what a laugh, make my day better

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