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Police explain why some saw a white tiger on the side of I-270 in Montgomery County

The plastic lifelike looking white tiger had some drivers on I-270 shocked as they rode down the interstate on Saturday.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Did you see the white tiger on I-270? It was made of plastic but startled some drivers on the interstate.

On Saturday morning, police dispatch in Montgomery County received a call from a driver who reported a white tiger sitting on the jersey wall of I-270 near Montrose Road.

Officers responded and Rockville City Police Department Officer Weiss located the tiger: a large, lifelike, plastic figurine. 

Montgomery County police officer Rob Daniels also responded and took possession of the figure so that more drivers would not be distracted. How and why the tiger came to find himself on the interstate remains a mystery to police and the community.  

Officers have not ruled out the possibility it was a prank, police said.

The tiger has been adopted by MCP's First District officers and has found a new perch at the station, where he is sure to only interrupt foot traffic, the police department said.

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