PARIS - Emergency workers caught an unusual prowler lurking around rooftops in northern France: a black panther.
Firefighters and a veterinarian responded after residents of a neighborhood near Lille reported that a big cat had been spotted "strolling on residential gutters" on Wednesday night.
STRAY CAT: A black panther was captured after it was spotted wandering atop the gutter of a building in northern France. The big cat was illegally owned by a private resident. https://t.co/N6bPXxAvCF pic.twitter.com/DrrMtfU3XE— ABC News (@ABC) September 19, 2019
Photos taken after the fire brigade's arrival captured the panther making itself at home above ground, perching on building ledges and pacing outside a closed window.
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After firefighters secured a precautionary perimeter, the curious cat burglar slipped inside a house and workers trapped it.
The animal was put to sleep with a drug dart and put in a cage. It wasn't clear where the panther came from or if it had escaped from a zoo.
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