Man charged for taking tiger cub bar hopping in Illinois

February 27, 2014 8:13:16 AM PST
A man and his tiger walked into a bar. This sounds like the beginning to a joke, but police in Illinois don't think it's funny.

People hitting the bars in downtown Lockport were startled to see a man, bar hopping with his tiger cub last Sunday night.

CNN reports that John Basile didn't think he was doing anything wrong, but police disagreed.

Officers say it's not a good idea to take a tiger to a bar -- even though the cub was on a leash. People were They slapped the cat's owner with disorderly conduct and possession of a dangerous animal.

Basile apparently owns a federally-licensed exotic animal ranch outside of town. His tiger is welcome to stay there, but no more bar hopping.

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