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Someone Reported a Tiger Loose in New York City...But It was a Raccoon

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Rumor creates bizarre scare in New York City.

Most people living in New York City don't have a lot of exposure to wild animals. If you need further proof of that, look no further than this bizarre story from the Big Apple last Thursday.

It was around 8 a.m. when phone calls started coming in to 911 about a wild animal roaming the streets. The callers claimed it was a tiger was in the streets near West 162 and St. Nicholas Avenue. At the same time, a Citizen Alert app tweeted out a warning to local residents about the sighting.

Obviously this type of call brought out a large law enforcement presence including reportedly, helicopters.

There was just one problem. It wasn't a tiger. When officials found the animal, it wasn't a tiger, it was a raccoon! Whoops. Obviously the story then became the punchline of the day across social media.

As for the raccoon, it was its unlucky day. It ended up getting captured by officials and put down due to concerns about rabies.

Perhaps we shouldn't be too surprised someone in the city made this mistake considering all the fuss over the Harlem deer two years ago. New Yorkers and wildlife certainly make for an interesting combination!



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Someone Reported a Tiger Loose in New York City...But It was a Raccoon