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.