Where's Joe Exotic? Internet erupts after reports of break-in at Oakland Zoo and 'tiger on the loose'
Amid protests over George Floyd's death across the US, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office tweeted about reports of a tiger loose in the area of 98th Avenue and Golf Links, near the Oakland Zoo.
"Reports of a Tiger on the loose near the Oakland Zoo. If you see it call 911. 98th Ave at Golf Links," the tweet read. No sooner was it posted on social media, people were frantic. "Ok just what we need tigers now," one said and another sarcastically posted, "I can confirm this. I was just attacked by the Tiger and he slashed my leg. I am bleeding profusely and am currently in the back of an ambulance on my way to a nearby hospital."
Several Twitter users took to cracking jokes. "What does it look like?" one said. Another posted, "I think they prefer pigs." One went on to say, "What time is the Asteroid Strike?" Another said, "Thankfully tigers are not Black."
Soon after, they reported that all the tigers had been accounted for. "Tigers are all accounted for at the Oakland Zoo. They just checked and confirmed," the tweet read. But, it was too late by then. People couldn't stop mocking the entire incident. "That’s exactly what a tiger would say. Please confirm you are not a tiger," one said and another wrote, "Y’all giving away tigers? They’re Grrrreat!"
Linking it to Netflix's 'Tiger King', one user posted, "Carole F**ing Baskin!" Another said, "Joe Exotic must be happy." Many others kept posting punny tweets. "Wait, WHAT?! So, the tiger escaped and now in the cage?" Another said, "Tiger (on phone): Yes sir I checked and confirmed. We’re all here lol."
Labeling it as a "damn shame", one user said, "That's a damn shame. Would have been hilarious seeing looters go up to the zoo, see a tiger out front, and run away down Golf Links Road while trying to hold their sagging pants up." Another said, "Apparently there is, but the Oakland Zoo isn't missing any. That probably means some idiot had a tiger in their possession and it got loose. Because that's what we need on top of all this other craziness."