Tiger in garden reported to police in Greater Manchester turns out to be... a cuddly toy!
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Terrified neighbours who reported seeing a tiger in a nearby back garden were left red-faced after police discovered that it was actually a cuddly toy.
The unnamed resident, from Oldham, called the emergency services after spotting the huge predator “pawing in the grass”.
Once officers arrived, they began evaluating the situation and later agreed that the animal was in fact not real but a stuffed toy – who they called Tony The Tiger.
A spokesman from Oldham police said: “Yesterday evening Oldham Police earned their stripes when they were contacted by a concerned member of the public of a Tiger lose in nearby gardens that appeared to be pawing in the grass.
“Officers arrived quickly and after evaluating the situation agreed it was in fact not a real animal but a toy - Tony The Tiger!
“Tony the Tiger was asked for a comment about Oldham police, he said: "They're grrrrrrrreat!"
“Tony is now safely booked into property at Oldham Police station.”