Folks in New York City don’t have a lot of experience around wild animals. That has never been more clear, after someone made this epic mistake in identity last week.

911 calls came in early in the morning, with reports of a tiger running through the streets. The sighting was originally reported in Upper Manhattan, near West 162 and St. Nicholas Ave.

Now, a call like this would be easy to assume it was just a hoax, but local police apparently did not take the reports lightly. Some citizens in the surrounding area even said on Twitter that a helicopter was deployed to the scene.

There was a problem though. . .

When officials arrived to the scene ready to go toe-to-toe with a tiger, they were faced with a far less menacing critter.

According to ABC News, the raccoon was captured and taken in by Animal Care Centers of New York City, where the animal was euthanized due to concerns of it being infected with rabies.

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