It's hard to tell in these days of image manipulation and high-tech trick photography, but the images posted to Facebook in the last several hours would seem to suggest there's a tiger inside the Packard Plant, the abandoned facility on East Grand Boulevard that has become a playground for street artists and urban explorers.
The photos, posted to Andy Didorosi's Facebook page show what appears to be a tiger crouching on a concrete landing while people look on. (A video posted to Didorosi's Instagram account appears to show a man perhaps fending off the beast with a weed whacker.) The photos prompted a number of comments, including pleas to call the zoo, to not call the police, and to get the heck out of there.
Time will tell if we're being fooled or not, but here's the full image. Stay tuned for updates.
The video taken from Andy Didorosi's Instagram account:
12:06 p.m.: Four minutes ago, WJBK-TV reports "Detroit Police are responding to a report of a tiger on the loose at the Packard Plant on Detroit's east side."
12:16 p.m.: The link is WJBK's live feed of the Packard Plant from the air.
12:17 p.m.: Diderosi's Facebook page announces: "Tiger secure. Video soon. #tigerwatch15"
12:21 p.m.: WXYZ-TV reports: Film crew from UK kicked out of Packard Plant for bringing live tiger in.
12:23 p.m.: WXYZ-TV report says: "The spokeswoman said the tiger was unharmed and was being cared for by a professional trainer."
12:37 p.m.: Somebody sends us this photo of the tiger at the Packard.