A report of a tiger running amok in the streets of Manhattan briefly caused a social media frenzy early yesterday, as reporters scrambled to find photos of the ferocious feline and warn civilians to stay out of the area. The NYPD got a call about the rogue “tiger” in Harlem around 8:30 a.m. A news crew was on the scene within minutes, but reported no sighting of a tiger nor any police, for that matter. Shortly thereafter, police confirmed there was indeed an animal sighting, but it was just a raccoon. Yep, a raccoon. Guess folks in New York have a hard time telling the difference.
Now, just for the record, in the photos below the tiger is the one on the left, the raccoon on the right. We provide this as a service in case one goes wandering through Riverside Park and you have trouble telling the difference!