ThisNthat Quickbits: 911 Caller Reports Bengal Tiger ‘Just Laying on Truck’


*The caller seemed relatively calm, considering what he was describing to the 911 operator: “I just came from Lacamas Lake and there’s a couple of guys in a dark truck. It has a Bengal tiger laying beside it…It may be their pet. I don’t know.”

He continued,

“It was wagging its tail and they were rubbing its side,” he said later in the call.

“The more I think about it, it seems pretty dangerous,” the caller added. “At first I thought, well it must be a big stuffed animal and then it started moving and it wasn’t stuffed.”

You know its always your first instinct that ends up being the truth. Because after the cops showed up, they learned the big cat was indeed fake.

As it turns out, Connor Zuvich, 19, had been driving around the lake with friends when he spotted some folks throwing out bags of trash and the big, stuffed tiger was one of the items.

They thought it would be cool to drive around with it, so they just strapped it to the top of Zuvich’s SUV.

“The thing looked really realistic,” Zuvich told the Columbian newspaper. And the authorities didn’t appear to argue with that.

Still, the caller probably felt really dumb afterwards. Though he shouldn’t because he wasn’t the only one fooled.

“I can’t blame the caller because it had me,” Kent County Animal Shelter Supervisor Joe Dainelis told ABC News.

Listen to the call here.


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