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When police in Scotland recently received a call from a panicked farmer informing them that a tiger had entered his cow shed, they immediately sprang into action fearing that a wild cat was on the loose.

Six cars, including an armed response unit, were deployed to the location in Peterhead in Aberdeenshire.

After a tense 45-minute standoff, the anti-climax was served. The beast turned out to be a stuffed toy.

Bruce Grubb, the 24-year-old farmer who had called the cops, told The Sun that his suspicions about the wild cat grew when he saw that it had not moved at all during the entire time.

The entire episode, he said, had left him feeling "very embarrassed".

"I had absolutely no doubt it was real — I got a hell of a scare. I was worried it was going to eat all my cows before police managed to shoot it," he said.

The cops, who had a "roaring shift" called the incident "a false call made with genuine good intent".

In a statement, Peterhead Inspector George Cordiner said, "Unusual as the call may have seemed, any call reporting a potential danger to the public has to be taken seriously and efforts were made to verify the sighting as soon as possible, including starting to make contact with the nearest wildlife park to make sure they did not have an escapee."

He added, "Our ultimate aim is to protect the public and keep our officers safe when faced with uncertain situations. Until you know exactly what you are dealing with, every option has to be considered.

The mystery that remains is how the stuffed toy landed there in the first place.

Needless to say, people have been having a good laugh over the incident.