The creature was captured on a resident's security camera in
the early morning hours last Friday, walking calmly past parked
cars in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk and was initially
thought to be a mountain lion, according to the city's Facebook
But in a subsequent post city officials quoted an expert with
the California Department of Fish and Wildlife who concluded the
four-legged intruder was not a mountain lion. That same expert
could not identify the animal further.
Meanwhile Craig Packer, a professor at the University of
Minnesota's Lion Research Center, agreed in an interview with
the Los Angeles Times that the beast was not likely a mountain
lion or cougar, adding that he thought it resembled an African
A San Diego Zoo spokeswoman said it appeared to be a big cat of
undetermined origin, possibly "some kind of hybrid."
Despite stepped-up patrols by authorities the creature has not
been seen since it was videotaped last week but the city has
cautioned residents to contact law enforcement immediately if
they run across it.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Eric Beech)
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