45-minute stand-off with a tiger ends when cops realize it was a stuffed toy!
You don't simply toy around with a tiger. Things could turn nasty and turn CAT-astrophic!
When a Scottish farmer reported a tiger on his farm in Peterhead, cops sprang straight into action!
A 45-minute tense stand-off ensued between the police and the supposed tiger, which in the end turned out to be a harmless stuffed toy, The Scottish Sun reported on Monday.
It all started when Bruce Grubb, a 24-year-old farmer, caught sight of the loose "animal" in his cowshed last Saturday.
He feared for the fate of the over 200 pregnant cows housed in the shed, and was apprehensive of a possible brutal and bloodthirsty massacre.
When the police received the strange call, they immediately got to work.
They dispatched several vehicles and an armed response team to the farm. They even went ahead and contacted a nearby wildlife park to confirm if a tiger by any chance had escaped its grounds.
This encounter with the "tiger" went for, believe it or not, for 45 bloody minutes, as officers frantically contemplated how to address the situation.
The tense situation was relieved only when it was found that the "tiger" was indeed a big, cuddle monster of a stuffed toy - hysterical!
“I feel a bit silly for calling the police, but I thought it was a real emergency,” Grubb told The Scottish Sun. “I had absolutely no doubt it was real. I got a hell of a scare.”
Pro tip: Carry binoculars.— Michael Fox (@mfox11) February 7, 2018
The farmer had just moved into his new place in the area and was hosting a housewarming party when he discovered the animal crouched in his shed.
In a hilarious call out on Facebook, the North East Police Division joked about how some of their officers "had a roaring shift" on Saturday night. Some of them who did arrive at the scene were terrified to leave their cars as they didn't want to be devoured by the tiger.
Obviously, this was a job for Paw Patrol.— Womb Juice (@WhoIsYou_) February 7, 2018
That moment you don't know whether to laugh or feel sorry. Or both.— Violeta R (@Violeta_Rios_) February 7, 2018
Eventually, when they did realize the tiger was a stuffed animal, they withdrew shaking their heads with sighs and smiles. The cops mentioned that they didn't consider Grubb a prankster and acknowledged his false alarm as one done with "genuine good intent."
Better safe than sorry— Gwen Bush (@littleoldmare) February 7, 2018
“Our ultimate aim is to protect the public and keep our officers safe when faced with uncertain situations. Until you know exactly what you are dealing with, every option has to be considered,” Peterhead Inspector George Cordiner said.
“We appreciate that it was a false call made with a genuinely good intent.”
HOBBS???!!!! NOOOOOO!!!!!— Sue Cook (@cook1097) February 7, 2018
"Unusual as the call may have seemed, any call reporting a potential danger to the public has to be taken seriously and efforts were made to verify the sighting as soon as possible, including starting to make contact with the nearest wildlife park to make sure they did not have an escapee," North East Police Division wrote on Facebook.
The cops also asked the embarrassed farmer if they could keep the stuffed tiger as their mascot.
Well, it's still not clear as to how the stuffed tiger ended up in the cowshed, but there were claims that someone from Grubb's party may have decided to play a prank.
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