Escaped 8ft tiger on hotel roof turns out to be massive stuffed toy
When 911 calls were made saying there was an escaped tiger on top of a hotel in Houston, Texas, officers must have prepared for the worst.
At least six members of the fire department set out to bring the animal to safety, before it hurt any members of the public or caused an accident on the nearby highway.
Firefighters in a cherry picker gently edged toward the beast for fear it would strike, so it was no doubt to their great relief that the tiger causing the commotion was actually a soft toy.
Instead of needing to use their wits to coax the beast down and return it to captivity, the firefighter simply knocked the toy to the floor.
A colleague on the ground then approached it with caution but after a couple of taps to the head, it was clear the 'tiger' was not considered a danger.
Fire crews then removed the tiger, as passing motorists kept stopping to look at it. It's not yet clear how the soft toy ended up on the abandoned hotel.