Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wednesday Weird: Paris Wild Cat

I like when I'm able to do current or ongoing weird things, and today is one of them!

In Paris, near Disneyland, there have been sightings of a large wild cat.

The cat was spotted near a grocery store, crossing a highway, and near a gas station,

Last week, someone said the cat was a tiger, but after an expert looked at some paw prints, they declared that the cat was not, in fact, a tiger.

So the question remains: what is it?

It's not like Paris has any sort of large wild cat population. In the US we have cougars and jaguars, and though they generally stick to certain places, we've certainly even had them roaming up here in MN (cougars at least. Not jaguars (yet...))

But with people owning all sort of exotic animals as pets, it could really be anything.

All they know for sure, so far, is that the cat is a cat, and that it's not a tiger. What kind of cat or where it came from is still a mystery.

There is a nearby wildcat sanctuary, but the only problem there is, none of their cats are missing.

Some people suggested that the tracks belonged to a big dog,  but the head of the Paris regional Wolfcatcher Society states the tracks could not have been falsified.

(Which, let's just take a moment to think about how frickin BADASS it is that Paris has a regional Wolfcatcher Society. Because OF COURSE they do. Especially after that whole La Bête du Gévaudan incident back in 1764 (also, I thought I had done a Wednesday Weird post about La Bête du Gévaudan, but apparently I didn't, so I'll have to rectify that soon))

The fun part, though, is there have been some photos!

So, pals, take a look and let me know in the comments what kind of cat you think is roaming around Paris.




Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looks like a leopard. Maybe it was someone's pet or poachers had captured it and it got away.

Matthew MacNish said...

Hard to see for sure, but in that first photo it looks like it has a beautiful coat!

Rena said...

Looks like a snow leopard only with lighter markings... But it's not. There are so few snow leopards that even one missing would be widely remarked on.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

A fat Tabby.

(Yeah...I'm boring that way)

Catherine Stine said...

A bobcat maybe? We have the random bobcat wandering around our Catskill retreat. They sometimes come close to where people live. Or what about an overgrown coyote?

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