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Post by RTM08 on Sun May 22, 2011 8:41 pm

A stuffed toy animal led to a large-scale police operation in Hampshire and stopped play at the Rose Bowl cricket ground.



The alarm was first raised by a concerned member of the public who believed there was an escaped white tiger hiding in a field near Hedge End.

Officers were sent to the scene along with a helicopter and thermal imaging cameras, at about 1600 BST on Saturday.

When no body heat was detected police moved in and found a cuddly toy tiger.

A police spokeswoman said officers had responded as if it was a real incident, close to junction seven of the M27.

Contingency plans were even put in place to close the motorway, but that proved unnecessary.

Police enlisted the help from animal experts at nearby Marwell Zoo, who offered advice and were prepared to send a team with tranquiliser darts to overcome the tiger.

The Rose Bowl said a game between South Wiltshire and Hampshire Academy was stopped for about 20 minutes before they were given the all clear to continue.

Golfers at a nearby golf course were also told to go indoors.

A police spokeswoman said: "After a brief stalk through the Hedge End savannah, the officer realised the tiger was not moving and the air support using their cameras realised there was a lack of heat source.

"The tiger then rolled over in the down draft and it was at that point it became obvious it was a stuffed life-size toy.

"This incident will definitely be the highlight of our day. The CCTV footage convinced us all we were dealing with a real tiger.

"It's not often an incident leaves our staff with a smile on their face and it just goes to show the diverse type of incident we are called to deal with."
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Post by Roverdamus on Sun May 22, 2011 8:46 pm

Lol.
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Post by super_keith_andrews on Sun May 22, 2011 8:49 pm

Thumbs up for the hilarious story.

Thumbs down for the God-awful scene kid title. Very Happy
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Post by RTM08 on Sun May 22, 2011 8:53 pm

super_keith_andrews wrote:Thumbs down for the God-awful scene kid title. Very Happy

It was said in jest, I saw it on the internet once, I can't even remember what on now :/
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Post by StLedge on Mon May 23, 2011 12:25 pm

I bet those are quite pricey, who would leave it in a field?
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Post by Willy on Mon May 23, 2011 4:18 pm

Is that the actual toy in the picture? It looks too real... :S
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Post by RTM08 on Mon May 23, 2011 5:18 pm

Yes it's the toy
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Post by rob_of_the_robots on Mon May 23, 2011 5:21 pm

It does look pretty real from a distance, no wonder they thought it was.

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Post by Rover the Sea on Mon May 23, 2011 5:36 pm

rob_of_the_robots wrote:It does look pretty real from a distance, no wonder they thought it was.

That's cos it's a REAL toy!

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Post by Willy on Mon May 23, 2011 5:56 pm

Rolling Eyes

It really does look real. I want one.
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Post by glosterrover on Mon May 23, 2011 6:11 pm

When's your Birthday? we'll have a whip round Laughing
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Post by Willy on Mon May 23, 2011 6:37 pm

October 12th.

Can I have a real one instead?
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Post by super_keith_andrews on Mon May 23, 2011 7:00 pm

Surely they'd have realised that it was a toy after a couple of minutes of it not moving an inch?
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Post by RTM08 on Mon May 23, 2011 7:01 pm

Apparently not Laughing
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Post by glosterrover on Mon May 23, 2011 8:16 pm

That's it then Gents,we'll have a whip round and buy Willy a real Tiger and ship it over to him cheers
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Post by super_keith_andrews on Mon May 23, 2011 8:40 pm

Fuck that, do you know how much real tigers cost?
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Post by StLedge on Mon May 23, 2011 9:49 pm

Do you?
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Post by super_keith_andrews on Mon May 23, 2011 10:14 pm

The answer is a lot. Unless you want to steal Mike Tyson's.....
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Post by RTM08 on Tue May 24, 2011 5:35 pm

Mike Tyson's costs a lot of teeth...
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Post by Rover the Sea on Tue May 24, 2011 5:37 pm

Ironic that he probably paid for it with (Holyfield's) ear!

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Post by glosterrover on Tue May 24, 2011 6:29 pm

You're all tight Mad
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Post by StLedge on Tue May 24, 2011 9:51 pm

Why?
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Post by glosterrover on Tue May 24, 2011 10:06 pm

we could buy willy a really nice present and then he would love us all but you all won't because you're nasty Sad Laughing
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Post by rob_of_the_robots on Wed May 25, 2011 11:16 am

He can buy himself a tiger, the cat hating bastard.

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Post by Rover the Sea on Wed May 25, 2011 11:33 am

rob_of_the_robots wrote:He can buy himself a tiger, the cat hating bastard.

Are you suggesting that hating cats is a 'feliny'?

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