They called 911 to report a tiger in New York City, but that wasn’t quite right

The sighting was in the Washington Heights neighborhood.

A New Yorker’s daily exposure to the animal kingdom consists of mainly pigeons and rats, so perhaps a mistake like Thursday’s can be forgiven.

It was just before 8 a.m. when police said several callers to 911 reported spotting a tiger in the street near West 162 Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in the Washington Heights neighborhood.

The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit was called but the animal that police safely caught turned out to be a large raccoon.

ABC News' Chris Francescani contributed to this report.