Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Mysterious Large Cat Stalks Detroit Neighborhood

The city of Detroit certainly has its share of woes, including bankruptcy, crime and other concerns. You can now add "large cat" to that list, if recent reports are to be believed.

Residents of Detroit's northeastern area have been calling the Michigan Humane Society and local animal-control officials to report sightings of some kind of cat that may be as large as 100 lbs. (45 kilograms).

Detroit resident Cynthia Hogan saw a feline about as big as her 85-pound (39 kg) Doberman pinscher lying down in her neighbors' backyard. "It was a large cat. It didn't look like a bobcat," Hogan told CBS Detroit. "I was able to see if it had the tufts on its ears, and it wasn't big like a cougar — it wasn't as meaty as a cougar … I have no idea what this was."

"His tail is longer than my arm," area resident Antwaun Asberry told the Detroit Free Press. Asberry reported seeing the cat stalking him while he was walking down the sidewalk with his 1-year-old daughter. "I don't know what it is," he said. "I just want it gone."

A photo of the cat taken by an area resident shows a cat, roughly the size of a medium-size dog, with solid, dark spots on pale, grayish fur, and a striped tail. Tom McPhee of the World Animal Awareness Society in Ann Arbor, Mich., believes it may be an escaped exotic pet.

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