A pair who went on a morning hike in a Hong Kong nation park presumably had the fright of their lives after recognizing a ‘tiger’ on Tuesday (March 6).
Fearful about their security, the person referred to as emergency providers saying he had seen a yellow animal about 90cm lengthy within the bushes of Ma On Shan nation path.
Their name for assist sparked a rescue operation which noticed officers escorting a 32-year-old man and a 39-year-old girl down the hill at round 10am, South China Morning Submit reported.
Although they have been discovered unharmed, the duo mentioned they felt ill and were taken to a hospital.
Over 15 emergency providers personnel searched the realm however didn’t discover any hint of the large cat, the police mentioned. Different hikers additionally didn’t see the animal.
The strolling path was reopened to the general public later that day.
The incident turned out to be a false alarm because the couple had mistaken a leopard cat for a tiger, in keeping with the police.
Leopard cats are small, noticed wild cats that reside in forests. The nocturnal animals are “very shy and can keep away from people,” mentioned a lecturer on the Faculty of Organic Sciences on the College of Hong Kong.
In keeping with World Broad Fund for Nature (WWF), the number of tigers worldwide has dropped dramatically over recent years.
The final reported tiger sighting in Hong Kong occurred in 1947 in Shatin.
Simply final month, one other ‘tiger’ sighting was reported in Scotland.
A farmer referred to as the police and mentioned he noticed the large cat in his cowshed.
After calling the wildlife park to examine that no tigers had escaped, officers later discovered that the resting felid was a stuffed toy.
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