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Cops Scramble Helicopters and Tranquilizer Teams to Take Down Stuffed Tiger

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GOOD GOD MAN, RUN. RUN QUICKLY! SAVE YOURSELVES, THERE'S A VICIOUS BEAST PROWLING. CALL THE POLICE! CALL THE ZOO! CALL—Wait, what? What'd you say? It's just a stupid stuffed animal? Aw crap.

If that's how you would've reacted to the sight of that big ol' stuffed kitty up there, congratulations! You share much in common with the could people of Hampshire, UK, whose police force scrambled a helicopter with thermal imaging cameras and a tranquilizer team from the local zoo when the big cat was discovered near a cricket ground and golf course.


Two particularly remarkable takeaways here. First, the police didn't realize it was a fake until it was blown over by the downdraft of the helicopter. Second, British people haven't lost that dry WWII resilience:

Tony Middleton, Hampshire Cricket Academy director, added: "Rumours came round that there was a tiger on the golf course and we just carried on playing until a policeman came over and told us to clear the area.

"I assumed there was [a tiger] with everything that was going on, but we felt quite safe here."


Righto, Tony. Cheers. Stiff upper lip and all that. We survived years of bombing raids, we're not going to let some cheeky feline felon keep us down. [BBC via The Daily What]