False Alarm of the Day: Police in Hampshire rushed to a field in Hedge End where a passer-by said he spotted an escaped white tiger, only to discover the ferocious feline was merely a stuffed animal.
A helicopter with thermal imaging cameras had been scrambled, and a tranquilizer team from a nearby zoo was put on high alert. “We offered advice to the police and we immediately gathered a team of staff who have been trained to deal with situations such as this,” Marwell Zoo’s curator of mammals John Pullen is quoted as saying. “We were moments away from making the journey when we received a call from police to say it was a stuffed toy.”
Police have turned their attention toward tracking down the owner of the toy tiger, saying the incident is being “treated as lost property,” but the possibility of a hoax has not been ruled out.