An intrepid man dressed as a cowboy has captured a tiger wandering the streets of a Mexican city with nothing but his lasso.
In a clip made by a driver in a passing car, the majestic animal is seen strolling along a side street in the city of Guadalajara, in the western state of Jalisco.
A man in a cowboy hat chases the big cat with a lasso as a silver SUV stops on the sidewalk in a desperate attempt to keep the tiger from moving forward.
Two more men join forces to help and one of them can be seen carrying a folding chair as they run to the big cat.
A woman in the car says, “Oh my god!”
“How are they going to catch it?” another asks.
The man quickly swings the lasso over his head and throws it over the tiger’s head just as the predator runs away from the group.
The video was posted May 13 and has since been viewed more than 6,200 times.
Viewers speculated that the animal could have escaped from a circus, since they have stopped running shows since the coronavirus was shut down.
Others suspected that the tiger might be the pet of some Mexican cartel boss.
A viewer tweeted, “Tiger King, Mexican version?”
“What will they say to the boss ‘narco boss’?” a second asked while a third said, “I thought I saw a kitten!”
But local authorities believe the tiger escaped from a private home in the Tlaquepaque suburb of Guadalajara on Tuesday.
The fire brigade was dispatched in response to calls, but none of the three men have been identified.
The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) has made no comments on this.