In 2020 when coronavirus deaths were increasing rapidly, someone walking in the wood behind my house reported an escaped tiger. The police sent a helicopter and 10 armed police to investigate. The story was an irrepressible joke in the middle of a dire pandemic. It was reported in all the national newspapers. I was contacted by German and Dutch journalists and rung up by a friend in America who had heard of it. I was on Have I News For You, a breakfast TV programme, Countryfile, & various journals. Four days of fame, not for me, for the tiger. It was already dilapidated by decades in the open and some vandalism - now it is being swallowed up by the wood.