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The Toronto Sun reported that police officers in the UK sent out a message on Twitter about a tiger spotted by an England golf course.

The tweets came from @SEASU_Copters, an account for South East Air Support Unit’s police and ambulance helicopters with more than 2,000 followers.

The police prepared zoo employees, a helicopter and tranquilizers to catch this loose tiger, but it turned out the tiger was just a stuffed animal.  They also “shut down a major highway,” according to USA Today.  iMediaEthics notes the continuing caution required by journalists when reporting on breaking social media stories.

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Despite questions of wasted resources, the police responded via Twitter that it was reacting to “great concern for the public” had a tiger actually escaped.

 

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