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Surveillance video from a residence in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., caught what appeared to be a large feline climbing a gate, Sunday.
Residents and a wide-spread social media audience feared the creature was a mountain lion at first, though wildlife experts have since dispelled that concern, confirming that the it is merely a large domestic cat, according to the director of the Washington, D.C., Department of Energy and Environment, Tommy Wells, the Washington Post reports.
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Mountain lions don’t have striped tails, Wells explained. He also said that the proportions of the animal were “magnified by the camera,” the Post reports.
“We’re confident it’s a common domestic cat,” he continued. “The camera appears to have distorted the size of a domestic cat.”
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The video of the ambiguous cat went viral on social media after being posted to a local Georgetown blog by attorney Giulia di Marzo. She said her security camera captured the animal at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday.
“Does not look like a domestic cat … looks a lot like a mountain lion,” she wrote. She said that she noticed scratch marks on her fence the following day where the cat had been, adding that she and her neighbors became worried for their pets after seeing the...
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