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Man Brings Tiger Into Chicago Bar...Seriously

Man Brings Tiger Into Chicago Bar...Seriously

So a guy walked into a bar with a tiger. ...Seriously.

It's true. This isn't some crazy "Hangover" situation - a man in the Chicago suburbs brought a tiger into a bar earlier this month. The tiger was on a leash, but you know - it's still a tiger.

"A man and his tiger out on the town."
"He was thinking he didn't do anything wrong. I think he was kind of drunk though."
"So did police. Earlier that evening, Basile had been spotted inside Uncle Richie's bar, along with his tiger."

That's John Basile, who owns Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport, Illinois. The non-profit is home to wolves, bears and more and holds events so the public can interact with the animals. But we're guessing nobody thought they'd interact with Basile's tiger at a local pub.

And get this - according to WBBM in Chicago, Basile had been in the bar with the tiger a few months ago - it had even bitten a woman, but she apparently didn't report the incident.

Now, police have their claws in Basile. They've filed disorderly conduct charges and more, according to CNN.

The Joliet Herald-News reports the tiger was a Siberian cub named Shere Khan, and Basile may have taken him into other bars too. Said the local police chief...

"After 32 years in law enforcement, I thought I had seen and heard everything ... Taking your tiger for a walk downtown on a wintry day."

Fifty-seven-year-old Basile has been handling animals for decades. All of the charges filed against him were misdemeanors.

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CVBruno February 27 2014 at 1:03 PM

Hey!! I have it on my "Bucket List" to pet a live Tiger before I go. So can anyone give me info on a reserve or habitat. Preferably cubs or young Tigers that are trained to human touch.

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Grimmalkin February 27 2014 at 12:39 PM

Aren't Siberians endangered? This man is putting an innocent animal in danger by his irresponsible actions. Isn't there some captive breeding program the tiger could be given to?

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YourFtr February 27 2014 at 12:30 PM

Obama got along well in Communist Law class at Barfvard.....

because he got High Marx ( Karl )......

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Bandi February 27 2014 at 12:09 PM

He had a tiger by the tail, it's plain to see

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chazster1965 February 27 2014 at 11:59 AM

I wonder how many cougars were there...

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dosia4369 February 27 2014 at 11:40 AM

New York City has had non- alcohol bars and clubs since the 70. Good for you (the rest of the world) for catching up.

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havingfun8910 February 27 2014 at 11:02 AM

Hey reporter I guess the lady that was bitten DIDNT WANT SOME LOSER TALKING ABOUT HER ON THE COMPUTER

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hfrew1949 February 27 2014 at 10:43 AM


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na4jm February 27 2014 at 10:30 AM

Just taking his bud out for a bite

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