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Toy Tiger, Police in Standoff for 45 Minutes in Scotland

Toy Tiger, Police in Standoff for 45 Minutes in Scotland

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 February 2018 11:08 AM

A toy tiger led to a 45-minute standoff with police on a farm in Scotland this past Saturday until the property's resident noticed that the stuffed animal never moved.

Bruce Grubb, 24, moved to the farm near Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, three weeks ago and was tending to his pregnant cows when he got "the fright of my life," The Scottish Sun wrote. Grubb said after seeing visiting friends and his girlfriend off, he spotted the "tiger" crouched on a ramp in the animals' barn, the publication said.

"I had absolutely no doubt it was real — I got a hell of a scare," Grubb said, per The Scottish Sun. "I was worried it was going to eat all my cows before police managed to shoot it.

"I was on duty because the cows could drop at any time so I wasn't drinking. I flashed my torch in the shed and saw it sitting there," Grubb continued.

The farm owner called authorities and Grubb said the first arriving officer believed the stuff tiger was real as well, The Scottish Sun wrote.

"He refused to get out of the squad car or even wind the windows down," Grubb said, per The Scottish Sun, adding that six officers show up at the scene. "He didn't want to go anywhere near it because he thought it was real. … There was a standoff of about an hour. No one really knew what to do for the best."

While time elapsed during the standoff and police checked with a local wildlife park to see if they had any missing animals, Grubb noticed that despite all the commotion, the "tiger" never moved, The Scottish Sun wrote.

Feeling that he may have been pranked, Grubb said he drove his truck up to the tiger and discovered it was actually a large toy, the publication said.

"Unusual as the call may have seemed, any call reporting a potential danger to the public has to be taken seriously and efforts were made to verify the sighting as soon as possible, including starting to make contact with the nearest wildlife park to make sure they did not have an escapee," Peterhead Police Inspector George Cordiner said on Facebook.

"… Until you know exactly what you are dealing with, every option has to be considered. The incident was stood down within 45 minutes once officers attended and established there was no threat to the public. We appreciate that it was a false call made with genuine good intent," Cordiner continued.

The Scottish Sun said that while it is believed a prankster planted the toy animal, police are not planning on taking any action in the case.

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