A tiger was spotted in West Belfast!

Drivers in West Belfast were more than taken aback when they spotted what appeared to be a tiger lying up on a sidewalk, taking a rest from a stroll around the Northern Irish city.

Lying up beside a garden fence at the front of a house in Anderson, the gigantic beast looked completely out for the count as some brave motorists emerged from their vehicles to grab a closer look at the large cat.

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Just another day in Belfast... https://t.co/DOyOr9On3X

— Sheena McStravick (@Sheena_McS) February 13, 2018

Once they journeyed closer for a more in-depth inspection, however, it emerged that they’d all fallen foul of a clever prank, as the tiger was in fact just a very large and realistic stuffed animal toy.

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Tiger found on the streets of West Belfast not far from the Gym 🤭 pic.twitter.com/M5VSqUbdaA

— Holy Trinity ABC (@HTBC_Belfast) February 13, 2018

A photo was taken by locals at the Holy Trinity Boxing Club and when posted online it continued to cause a bit of a stir from those who couldn’t make out the stuffing emerging from the tiger’s seams.

"I spotted it in Andersonstown this morning, I thought it was real until I got close and realized it was a big teddy bear, then I just posted the picture for a bit of craic," a motorist told Belfast Live.

Of course, there were Celtic Tiger jokes aplenty. 

Were you caught out by the prank? What’s the best prank you ever saw?

Drivers in West Belfast were taken aback when they believed a tiger to be strolling the streets of the Northern Irish city.iStock