Police in Devon, UK, were quick to respond when concerned locals spotted a crocodile in a popular dog-walking spot.
But the croc was a crock as it turned out to be plastic.
A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson said:
Police were notified at around 9am this morning to reports of what looked like a crocodile in a swamp in Loddiswell, Kingsbridge.
“Officers attended the scene and it later expired that this was a plastic crocodile.”
The sighting was first reported on the Spotted Kingsbridge Facebook page with a local The resident saying: “Little crocodile seen at Woodleigh whilst walking the dogs.”
The department posted a tweet about the struggle to contain the beast and then a photo of a police dog with the crocodile.
After a deathly struggle @DCPKingsbridge managed to tame the beast of #Loddiswell. Believe the NCALT training package helped. Log 198 @DC_Police @DC_PCC @AlisonHernandez @InspGregHine @DevonLiveNews @BBCSpotlight @UKCopHumour @BullshirePolice pic.twitter.com/E4Eip2FmV8
— RDO Lisa Burnett (@DCP_RDOBURNETT) August 21, 2019