Don Ryan / AP
ROYAL OAK, Michigan – A large cat from Africa is roaming free in a suburb north of Detroit after escaping from its owner.
The caracal was reported missing around 6.30am Wednesday in Royal Oak, authorities said.
The cat’s weight is estimated at 50 pounds. It was among four big cats held in cages that allowed them to enter and exit the owner’s garage. Two escaped through a door left open.
The owner used raw meat to lure one into the pen, the Detroit Free Press reported.
The missing cat was last seen near an elementary school, according to the newspaper.
Royal Oak Police Lt. Albert Carter told the Detroit News cats are classified into a category of animals that is not regulated by the state. The cats have escaped from their owner’s home on at least two other occasions, Carter said.
They feed on rodents, other small mammals and birds. They are also native to the Middle East, Central Asia and India.
“The owner says they are safe for humans,” Carter said. “They are very passive and nocturnal animals.”