UK Police Roll Out Copters to Hunt ... Stuffed Tiger
Police were ready with helicopters, tranquilizers ... to hunt a stuffed tiger
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 23, 2011 1:41 PM CDT
This undated image made available by the Hampshire, England, Constabulary Monday May 23, 2011 shows the toy tiger which sparked a major operation involving armed officers and a force helicopter. Police...   (Hampshire Constabulary)
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(Newser) – Police scrambled helicopters and ordered tranquilizers to hunt what they feared was an escaped wild animal in southern England—but what turned out to be a stuffed toy. Hampshire Police responded after several residents called in to say they'd seen a white tiger sitting in a field near Southampton. A tongue-in-cheek recorded statement 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 yesterday emphasized police had a duty to take such sightings seriously. As for the renegade tiger, "it's being treated as lost property."