Why was there a Tiger in the old Packard plant today? Because Detroit.

Guess what? I made the Metro Times list of The 7 Top Social Media Jokes About The Packard Plant’s Tiger Shoot with my witty Gallery 555 comment.


For those of you who don’t know the context, our friend Andy Didorosi was called to the Packard plant this morning to help a buddy of his capture a tiger which had been brought to Detroit by a British photographer. Said tiger apparently got loose during the photo shoot, and made his way up to a fourth floor stairway of the long abandoned plant, at which point the crew, perhaps fearing for their own lives, decided to hire local talent to “help get him back to his crate.” Andy, as I understand it, was asked to bring anything that might scare a tiger. He arrived with a weedwhacker, and was handed a blue tarp. The idea of the photographer was apparently that Andy and his friend would get beneath the tarp, with the weedwacker, and approach the tiger, like a loudly buzzing monster, forcing him back downstairs.

“I don’t know much about tiger logistics,” Andy told the Detroit Free Press, “but we were told to be this huge blue tarp monster with the weedwhacker and try to be scary and make loud noises. That just made him angry. You could say he got tiger rage, so we retreated.” When asked why he would be part of something like this, Andy apparently responded, “I don’t support loose crazy animals in our city.”

A spokeswoman for the new owners of the Packard plant said the photographer had rented the facility, but neglected to tell them that mean-eating jungle beasts would be released on the property. Apparently, when they found out, the photo shoot was shut down. The tiger, we’re told, is OK.

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  1. Anonoymous
    Posted August 17, 2015 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    An earlier article I read mentioned that the photographer had an animal handler with him. If that’s the case, why didn’t the animal handler get the tiger back in the cage?

  2. Ellen
    Posted August 17, 2015 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    It’s national news.


  3. Posted August 18, 2015 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    Guess what? You also made Deadline Detroit’s “13 Clever Tweets and Posts About Detroit’s Packard Plant Tiger,” where your’s is the second quip: http://bit.ly/1HTCHdm

  4. Posted August 18, 2015 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    I know I was the last mentioned in the Metro Times list, but I think they were counting down to number one.

  5. Posted August 18, 2015 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    I was kidding earlier, but, given this Facebook comment from Michael Jackman at the Metro Times yesterday, I think I could argue that I did in fact win yesterday’s competition.

    “As usual, Mark Maynard comes up with the best riff on today’s hot news item.”

  6. XXX
    Posted August 18, 2015 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    I love Detroit, but there are sections that should be walled off and filled with tigers.

  7. Meta
    Posted August 18, 2015 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    The city knew animals would be brought into the Packard Plant. The photographer had a permit.

    Packard Plant employees insist they did not know a world-renowned wildlife photographer was bringing animals with him for a photo shoot at the abandoned factory on Detroit’s east side Monday morning.

    But Detroit police not only knew, they were on the scene when British photographer David Yarrow and his crew lugged out cages with a tiger, two wolves and a bobcat. According to the city of Detroit, Yarrow received the proper permits to take the animals to the Packard Plant.

    “This crew that was doing the filming requested and received all the necessary permits to do their filming,” Mayor Mike Duggan’s spokesman John Roach told the Free Press. “They didn’t do anything wrong in that regard.”

    Read more:

  8. Anonymatt
    Posted August 19, 2015 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    Call Exxon, experts at putting tigers in tanks, at least before the merger.

  9. Rtx
    Posted August 19, 2015 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    The whole thing is now animated!


  10. Detroit Tigers
    Posted August 22, 2015 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    There are now t-shirts.


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