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Bar customers freak out after drunk man walks in with tiger

By Mason White 12:17 PM February 28, 2014
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By: Hydar Tomar
A man was arrested after taking his tiger to a bar.

People at the bar were terrified when the man entered with his tiger, police in Illinois said.

Walking a tiger on the streets of Chicago, is against the law. John Basile, 56, walked into the Uncle Richie’s bar, which is located on Ninth Street with his wild animal, sending customers fleeing.

Basile had his animal in public with only a leash but without a muzzle, according to a criminal complaint filed on Monday, in the Will County court.

Basile has many wild animals as he is the owner of the Big Run Wolf Ranch, in Lockport. Basile, was charged with reckless endangerment and possession of a dangerous animal.

The tiger “endangered the safety” of a woman at the bar, according to the complaint. Basile told police that he was unaware that it was against the law to walk with a tiger in the city.

The Big Run Wolf website lists the tiger as the “new addition” to their ranch. The Siberian tiger was named Shere Khan.

The ranch is home to eight wolves, a black bear, a cougar, a skunk, a woodchuck, three coyotes, porcupines and two horses.