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BANDUNG: The In­done­sian mil­i­tary has re­moved a statue of a grin­ning, car­toon-like tiger from out­side an army base af­ter it sparked a flood of on­line mock­ery.

The tiger is the mas­cot for the lo­cal mil­i­tary, but the one at the en­trance to the small base in Cisewu — which had a broad grin and cuboid head — quickly be­came a laugh­ing stock af­ter pic­tures of it were posted on­line.

Crit­ics said it looked more like a car­toon char­ac­ter than a fear­some mil­i­tary sym­bol.

The Web was soon flooded with mock­ing com­ments and memes of the smil­ing beast.

“My head hurts try­ing to sup­press my laugh­ter look­ing at the memes of the Cisewu tiger,” said one Twit­ter user, Gal­cit.

With no sign of the furore abat­ing, the mil­i­tary on Mon­day re­moved the mas­cot, which had stood out­side the base on top of a sign for six years.

Pic­tures posted on­line showed mil­i­tary per­son­nel us­ing ham­mers and chis­els to take it down.

“Tigers should look fierce be­cause they rep­re­sent brav­ery,” lo­cal mil­i­tary spokesman Mokhamad Desi Arianto said.

“When some peo­ple crit­i­cised the statue for look­ing funny, we couldn’t ig­nore it.”

He said a new statue of a tiger would be erected in its place.

Web users tweeted“RIP Cisewu tiger ” af­ter news emerged of the mas­cot’s demise, with some crit­i­cis­ing the mil­i­tary for over­re­act­ing to on­line jibes. AFP

The statue of a tiger at the en­trance of the mil­i­tary base in Cisewu.

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