WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — A wild animal that prompted not one, but two 911 calls — including one claiming it was a tiger — turned out to be a raccoon and has since been euthanized, officials said Thursday.
Police received a 911 call at 7:53 a.m. about a small tiger running in the streets, frightening people, near West 166th Street and Saint Nicholas Avenue, the NYPD said.
A second caller claimed the animal was a "feline, possibly with rabies," according to police.
Responding officers discovered the wild animal was actually a raccoon, police said.
The raccoon was taken to an animal care facility, where it was euthanized.
The Animal Care Centers of NYC provided the following statement:
The raccoon was brought into our facility and was euthanized as required by law for all vector species animals brought into the shelter. Raccoons, bats and skunks are classified as a rabies vector species (RVS), which means it's an animal that can carry and transmit rabies. Technically, any mammal can do so, but raccoons are a higher risk. Thus, the animal is subject to certain laws by state. For more information, please click on the link below;
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Clarification: Officials initially said the raccoon was taken to a different location.