On Thursday, April 12, disaster struck New York City. The NYPD received reports of a TIGER roaming the streets of Harlem, terrorizing passersby and filling the entire area with fear. A push notification from Citizen App warned people about the tiger and spread panic throughout the neighborhood. Never before had Harlem faced such a threat.
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
People quickly learned, however, that the "tiger" was just a raccoon.
Update on tiger reported loose in NYC... pic.twitter.com/LHFrHxUoyJ— Andrew M. Seaman (@andrewmseaman) April 12, 2018
To be fair, New Yorkers don't get to see much wildlife on the regular.
Who out here is confusing a raccoon for a damn tiger?!— Chris Breezyy (@missbreezyy) April 12, 2018
City folk...*head shake.*— Lori Gale (@LoriGale13) April 12, 2018
Twitter couldn't believe what they were reading.
Should have went to specsavers— wosDcraic (@enr56) April 12, 2018
Even the biggest raccoon is just a raccoon, after all.
That makes it an "assault racoon".— Lummox (@lummox_ict) April 12, 2018
That didn't stop the media from coming out in full force, however.
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)— Shwax (@Shwax) April 12, 2018
MISTOOK A RACOON FOR A MF TIGER?!?!
When you're startled, things often seem scarier than they are.
Some Twitter users had other explanations for the mix-up.
L.S.D.— Bazzabhoy (@barryhillis) April 12, 2018
Emergency services responded (an incredibly brave act, considering what they thought they'd find) and captured the raccoon without incident. Sadly, due to NYC animal control laws, the raccoon was euthanized in case it had rabies. At least he spent his last day doing what he loved… looking like a tiger on the streets of NYC.
Seems strange that the law says the raccoon had to be euthanized. That’s what you get for impersonating another species I guess.— Suzanne Currie (@sciencelives) April 12, 2018