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So a guy and a tiger walk into a bar … really, in Illinois

A guy took a leashed tiger into a busy bar on a Sunday evening and ordered a beer. When the bartender asked what the tiger would be drinking, the man replied, Anything he wants. At least that’s how the old joke goes. Police aren’t laughing either.

John Basile, who runs the Big Run Wolf Ranch near Lockport, Illinois, decided, not for the first time it would seem, to take his pet tiger cub to Uncle Ritchie’s Bar, where in December 2013, the cub reportedly bit a woman, who did not report the incident to police.

Fearing for the human customers, who were already running around shouting ”Is that a tiger? Is that a tiger?” the bartender summoned police, who cited Basile on three misdemeanor counts: including reckless conduct and possession of a dangerous animal.

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