Tuesday 15 October 2019

Wandering panther rescued from roof in northern France

Wandering panther rescued from roof in northern France

25 days ago

Wandering panther rescued from roof in northern France

25 days ago


A black panther has been spotted on the rooftop of a building in a town in northern France.

Police were called to a property in Armentieres near Lille on Wednesday when locals spotted the big cat prowling the roof and going in and out of an open window.

In a tweet, the local fire brigade said: “After a call at 18.23 for a dangerous animal, firefighters were confronted with a large cat walking on residential gutters.”

Working together, police and firefighters secured the perimeter and requested reinforcements before getting the identity of the animal confirmed as a panther.

The fire service said officers were able to contain the panther once it went into a house.

The panther stood at the edge of the roof
(Sapeurs-Pompiers du Nord via AP)

Once there, firefighters, police and representatives of the National Office of Hunting and Wildlife entered and subdued the cat with a tranquilliser gun.

It is now being cared for by the Animal Protection League.

According to local reports, the animal – which was around six months old – had been domesticated, showing no signs of aggression, and had had its claws cut.

The animal’s owner is being sought by police.