Man faces charges after taking tiger to pub
A man walks into a bar ... with a tiger on a leash. It sounds like the beginning of a joke but it is not.
John Basile faces misdemeanour charges after he took the big cat into Uncle Richie's bar in Lockport, Illinois.
Mr Basile owns Big Run Wolf Ranch, a run-down animal rescue centre where he keeps wolves, a bear and the tiger.
Witnesses say people started screaming "Is that a tiger?" in disbelief after Mr Basile and his feline companion walked in.
Terry Lemming, Lockport police chief, said: "My concern really was for the people that frequent the downtown area.
"This was at 7.30 at night on a Sunday in an area that has a lot of people walking around."
It is not the first time a big cat has visited the bar - after a woman was bitten by a tiger at the same drinking spot last December.
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