'White tiger' reported on Maryland highway was a 'lifelike figurine'

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Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Police in Maryland said officers responding to a report of a white tiger perched on a highway wall arrived to find the reported big cat was a life-sized tiger figurine.

The Montgomery County Department of Police said a driver on Interstate 270 called 911 to report a tiger was perched on a jersey wall near Montrose Road.


A Rockville City Police officer was the first to arrive on the scene and discovered the reported loose animal was "a large, lifelike, figurine," the department of police said.

Police said they do not know how the figurine came to be abandoned on the highway wall, but the white tiger now has a new home at the police station.

"How and why the tiger came to find himself on the interstate remains a mystery. We're happy to report that the tiger has been adopted by MCP's 1st District officers and has found a new perch at the station - where he is sure to only interrupt foot traffic," the department tweeted.

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