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California Mystery Animal Roams Streets; What Is It? (Photo)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 Aug 2014 06:23 PM

There's a mystery animal roaming a Southern California city. Seen only in grainy black-and-white security video, the large animal walks stealthily and has a tail, but experts say it's not a mountain lion or dog. So what is it?

Reuters said 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 page.

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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. He did say he thought it resembled an African lion.

A San Diego Zoo spokeswoman said it appeared to be a big cat of undetermined origin, possibly "some kind of hybrid."

The mystery animal has not been seen since it was recorded last week, but the city has cautioned residents to contact law enforcement immediately if they encounter it.

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There's a mystery animal roaming a Southern California city. Seen only in grainy black-and-white security video, the large animal walks stealthily and has a tail, but experts say it's not a mountain lion or dog. So what is it?
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