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May 23, 2011
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Video: Stuffed tiger fools UK cops, sparks panic

Cops shut down highway, zoo and dispatch helicopter before realizing animal was a fake

By PoliceOne Staff

SOUTHAMPTON, U.K. - A very lifelike stuffed tiger ignited a scare this weekend, causing cops to scramble for fear that a wild animal was on the loose in the countryside.

According to The Telegraph, police shut down a major highway, evacuated a golf course and dispatched a helicopter after passersby reporting spotting the tiger in a field.

Hampshire Police enlisted help from experts at nearby Marwell Zoo, who were ready to send in a team to overcome the tiger, according to The Daily Mail.

It wasn't until a blast of air from the helicopter flipped the stuffed animal on its back that officers realized the animal was a fake.

Check out the video below.

 






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