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Mystery animal roams Norwalk, California: See surveillance video

A mystery animal that appeared on a surveillance video in Norwalk, California, has people in the Los Angeles suburb on edge despite the pronouncement by California Department of Fish and Wildlife that the animal is not a mountain lion. According to a Tuesday report on Yahoo News, Craig Packer, a professor at the University of Minnesota's Lion Research Center, said that the animal resembled an African lion. Some authorities have suggested that it is a dog.

What do you think it is?
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Another spokeswoman from the San Diego Zoo concurred that it appeared to be a big cat. She said that it could possibly be "some kind of hybrid." Residents are on guard, keeping their pets inside. Mountain lions are occasionally a problem in certain areas of California, although they are still not a common site.

Most news stories are referring to the animal caught on the video as a mountain lion. KTLA reports that there was a mountain lion killed a few weeks ago in Rancho Cucamonga, California, after it posed a safety risk. Informational announcements had been issued about recent sightings of mountain lions. There have been 15 mountain lion attacks in California between1986 and 2013, with three being fatal.

ABC News referred to a similar case in Virginia last year where a suspected lion turned out to be a labra doodle dog with an unusual haircut. This mystery animal in Norwalk has been compared to a pit bull, especially when viewed from behind. One authority mentioned that the size of the animal is smaller than first thought when the objects in the video are taken into consideration. The likelihood of it being a large cat is somewhat greater, however, in California than Virginia. Understandably, the residents are continuing to be very cautious. They have been urged not to hike alone.

The surveillance video in question is attached to this article. Upon first glance, it does appear to be a large cat. Subsequent viewings suggest it might be a large, muscular dog. What do you think? Leave a comment below.