03/08/2016 08:19 EST | Updated 03/08/2016 08:59 EST

Tiger Runs Free On Doha Expressway


Why did the tiger cross the highway?

To go viral, that's why.

A tiger cub ran loose on the Doha Expressway in Qatar on Tuesday, surprising locals as much as it did the international community on social media.

The video above shows the large cat bounding between vehicles as it approaches the camera operator, who films the tiger from the safety of the front seat.

It isn't certain where the cat came from, but The Guardian quoted local media saying it was somebody's pet.

Taking wild animals as pets is illegal in Qatar, though some have been known to keep tigers and cheetahs as status symbols, Al Jazeera reported.

Qatar's Interior Ministry assured people in Arabic that it was following up on reports of the loose feline.

This is hardly the first time animals have run around in traffic.

Last year, a cat managed to stop cars on the Queen Elizabeth Way in Mississauga, Ont., CTV News reported.

Meanwhile, a herd of elk stopped traffic in Estes Park, Colo. in October 2015.

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