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Tiger Sighted in England

Will and Guy's Strange But True Story of Tigers in England

Just when the Bengal tiger seems on the verge of extinction, it seems that at least one tiger is enjoying life in England.

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Tiger Sighted in Hampshire, England Tiger sighted in England

Major Police Alert near Will's Home
Police are trying to trace the owner of a life-sized tiger toy which sparked a major police alert in Hampshire over fears a real animal was on the loose.

Officers were deployed and a helicopter was scrambled with specialist thermal imaging cameras over the field, near Hedge End, Fareham, Hampshire, England, on Saturday afternoon.

To Will and Guy's horror the scare even stopped play at the Rose Bowl cricket ground where Hampshire Cricket Club were playing for 20 minutes.

Hampshire police informed us that the toy was being treated as lost property but they were investigating whether it was a hoax. They said they did not know how it got there but was similar to one which would be won at a fair.

Animal specialists at the nearby internationally renowned Marwell Zoo were enlisted by police to offer advice and were prepared to send a team with tranquiliser darts to overcome the tiger.

How the scare affected the areaTiger England
Will discovered later that golfers at County Golf Club were also escorted from their course and Saturday's cricket game between Hampshire Academy and South Wilts was suspended for about half an hour.

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.'

Police Discover Toy Tiger
Amusingly, Police officers discovered it to be a stuffed toy after it rolled over in the down draft from the police helicopter. The stuffed toy is being treated as lost property.  Sleepy Hampshire returned to normal after all the excitement.

 

Footnote:
Guy suspects this animal is a the mascot of the Leicester Tigers rugby team.  It escaped or was 'liberated' after a recent defeat.

See another report of tigers in England

Penguin Sighted in Germany Strange but true - Giant Penguin Tuxedo

Report from Neuwied - Germany

A German train driver called Udo Vergen, thought that he saw a man lying down on the railway line.  What would you have done if you were driving the train?  Well Udo slammed on the emergency breaks.  Fortunately, the train came screeching to a halt barely 3m from the body.   When Udo got out, he saw that it was not a man in a tuxedo, but a giant toy penguin.

Passengers were less impressed as their journey was disrupted because of Udo's emergency stop.

A police spokesman said: 'We are at a loss to explain how this large penguin got onto the track'.

'We would think you would notice if you lost something like this.'

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Another Strange But True Tiger Story

A tigress tiger gave birth to a set of triplets in a Californian Zoo.  Sadly the cubs died shortly after their birth.

Tiger with piglets

The mother tiger became sickly. The veterinarians felt that the loss of her litter had caused the tigress to fall into a depression. They felt that if the tigress could surrogate another tiger's cub she would regain her health.

To cut a long saga short, the vets hit on the idea of surrogate piglets! The zookeepers  wrapped the piglets in the skins of the deceased cubs and placed the babies around the mother tiger.

Would they thrive or become pork chops? 

Success ...

A zoo in California, a mother tiger gave birth to a rare set of triplet tiger cubs.

A happy ending mother tigress and piglets continue to thrive.

See a report of white tigers in England

What did the mother tiger say when she taught her cubs to hunt on forest tracks?

Don't go over the path until you see the zebra crossing.

 

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