Panic struck the city of Rowlett, Texas, on Monday afternoon following reports of a tiger on the loose in the area.
#BREAKING: Reports of a tiger on the loose in Rowlett.— CW33 TV (@CW33) November 2, 2015
What the hell is a tiger doing in Rowlett/Sachse?— Go wash your hands right now Jenny (@SteampunkMuppet) November 2, 2015
WHYS THERE A TIGER IN ROWLETT— AshAsh AnnAnn (@itsCASH) November 2, 2015
But officials soon clarified their story. In a shocking twist, the feline creature skulking around Rowlett was revealed to be a bobcat—not a tiger.
Officials in Rowlett say animal on the loose is a bobcat NOT a tiger— WFAA (@wfaa) November 2, 2015
Rowlett police now say the loose cat was a bobcat not a tiger. It has not been caught.— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) November 2, 2015
@ryanwelton I mean … a bobcat definitely is NOT a tiger.— Ryan Wood (@RyanWoodDFW) November 2, 2015
I gotta say, as a student of these things, it's a poor hunter that can mistake a bobcat for a tiger.— SaraKateW (@SaraKateW) November 2, 2015
It's just a bobcat. Not a tiger. All good.— Kevin Scott (@cmykscott) November 2, 2015
IM MAD. I WAS GOING OUT TO GO LOOK FOR IT TOO. HOW CAN SOMEONE CONFUSE A TIGER AND A BOBCAT. https://t.co/Kqi7Q3A3Hj— lola love 🤍 (@leenylovely) November 2, 2015
There has been a bobcat casually strolling through my backyard while we ate dinner. Don't get my hopes up that it's a tiger, you monsters.— Caitlin (@saxetniniltiac) November 2, 2015
Headline says tiger. Story says bobcat. Big difference. https://t.co/zsO8igbHaI— BreakingNewzman (@BreakingNewzman) November 2, 2015
How do you confuse a tiger and a bobcat— AshAsh AnnAnn (@itsCASH) November 2, 2015
Once again, the animal appears to be, rather than a tiger, a bobcat. Stay safe, and we’ll check in the next time someone makes this mistake.
There is a debate on the local news fanpage on whether the cat spotted is a bobcat or a tiger. I hope it's a joke. pic.twitter.com/5uKPGBrxe4— 珊珊 (@NotAlwaysRong) October 27, 2015
Photo via Keith Kissel/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)