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." (Read more Britain stories.)