PLYMOUTH, England, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- British police said they responded with snare poles and riot shields to a call that turned out to be about an inflatable toy crocodile.
Devon and Cornwall Police said a Plymouth, England, woman called authorities for help shortly after noon Wednesday to report spotting a 3-foot crocodile in her garden.
Call received of an escaped animal in Plymouth, believed to be a Crocodile 3ft in length. Caller concerned. Dartmoor Zoo informed #InTheWild— DevonCornwall Police (@DC_Police) October 15, 2014
Officers responded with snare poles, nets and riot shields while a team of wildlife experts from Dartmoor Zoo were called to assist.
The officers became suspicious when they threw water on the animal and it failed to move.
"The beast turned out to be an inflatable toy crocodile. Police have apprehended the crocodile," a police spokesman said.
...Caller has bravely approached the beast. Turns out it’s an inflatable toy crocodile. Experts from Dartmoor Zoo stood down. #Relieved— DevonCornwall Police (@DC_Police) October 15, 2014
The spokesman said police do not know how the toy ended up in the woman's garden.