New York 911 Calls – “Tiger on the Loose.” Not so Much.
On April 12 at around 8 a.m., callers to the New York 911 system reported a tiger on the loose in Manhattan. When police responded, they found a “large” raccoon. That’s a “raccoon.”
There were so many phone calls that the NYPD just started answering the phone “It’s not a tiger, it’s a raccoon.”
The NYPD Emergency Services captured the critter, and transferred it to Animal Care Center, where by New York law the animal had to be put down because of the potential for rabies.
— R&R ON Z93 (@RonandRehmer) April 13, 2018
Tiger in the street!? Unconfirmed report near 160s and St Nicholas in Manhattan. Do you see it, are you safe? Tweet us pix @PIX11News
— Anthony DiLorenzo (@ADiLorenzoTV) April 12, 2018
several yt ppl called 911 saying they saw a tiger in manhattan but it turned out to be a raccoon.
there, i fixed it for you. you’re welcome. https://t.co/M5S9fHNns1
— dr. gene (@L_Gordito) April 13, 2018
Not my typical Thursday morning. When trying to confirm a report that there was a tiger on the loose in Upper Manhattan, an inundated @NYPDnews spokesman answers phone with this line: “It’s not a tiger, it’s a raccoon.”
— Christine Hauser (@christineNYT) April 12, 2018
People in Manhattan mistaking a raccoon for a tiger.. got so bad the police department had to answer the phone it’s not a tiger It’s a raccoon… Smdh
— Angela Horton ★ (@AngelaHorton81) April 13, 2018
What I am getting from this is that there’s still a tiger on the loose in Manhattan, and a raccoon who needs a good lawyer.
— Sara Kaplow (@SaraKaplow) April 13, 2018
— Weird News (@weirdnews) April 12, 2018
— Nightline (@Nightline) April 13, 2018
— Sweetbuttercookiefan (@SweetButterCoo1) April 13, 2018
Imagine the amount of relief Manhattan residents felt when they learned the ferocious animal was actually a raccoon.https://t.co/n9FMZh42LC
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) April 13, 2018
You’re gonna tell me my roommates and I (in Williamsburg, Brooklyn) were all rudely awakened bY a helicopter overhead because some idiot in Washington Heights (Manhattan)
MISTOOK A RACOON FOR A MF TIGER?!?!
— Shwax (@Shwax) April 12, 2018
Our educational system is past broken if people don’t know the difference between a tiger and a raccoon.