‘Look what we found lion in town gardens’

TIGER-TASTIC: This big cat was found in Siam Gardens, by community wardens Bradley Smith and Nathan Mitchell.
TIGER-TASTIC: This big cat was found in Siam Gardens, by community wardens Bradley Smith and Nathan Mitchell.
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THE cry “tiger on the loose” is rarely heard on the streets of Sudbury.

But those were the precise words uttered to community warden Bradley Smith last week.

“I got a call on Thursday from someone saying there was a tiger loose in Siam Gardens,” said Bradley.

“I thought yes, whatever, this must be a wind up, but went down to investigate.”

To his surprise, the mystery caller’s tip-off was right and there was, in fact, a big cat, more commonly found in the grasslands of South East Asia, roaming the town’s gardens.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it hiding behind a tree,” said Bradley.

“We normally get calls about dogs on the loose, but never tigers.”

Fortunately, this particular tiger was not of the man-eating variety – rather the large cuddly toy species.

“It was a bit of a strange call to receive on a February afternoon but it did brighten up my day,” added Bradley.

The tiger, which is currently nameless, is now being cared for at the Free Press office – where it is being kept on a strict diet of cuddles – until a permanent home can be found.