This cougar is beautiful. Photo by Valerie license CC NC ND 2.0 via Flickr

Frantic Woman Reports a ‘Cougar’ to the Authorities — Turned out to Be a ‘Chonky’ Housecat Instead

Okay, so…there are fat cats, and there are really FAT cats. Which means we can only assume that the Vancouver woman who reported a “cougar” in front of her neighbor’s house must have seen a really large cat.

Maybe it looked a little bit like this one. Photo by Charles Nadeau, license CC attribution 2.0 via Flickr

What she did have, though, is a really good imagination. You see, when police arrived in the South Surrey avenue area near Semiahmoo Trail Elementary School, that’s what they found — a really large housecat, HuffPost reports. Not a 150-pound cougar, as the woman had reported.

This is not a 150-pound cougar:

Although he’s definitely cuddly. Photo by Cam Miller license CC NC ND 2.0 via Flickr

And neither is this, but it is cute:

Adorably pudgy cat. Photo by Les Chatfield license CC 2.0 via Flickr

On Tuesday morning, the woman emailed Peace Arch News to report that she spotted a cat “maybe 150 pounds” near her neighbor’s house Monday. The authorities alerted Constable Richard Wright to “either a cougar or a large domestic cat” roaming the area on August 26.

But a cougar this wasn’t

Something has grabbed this gorgeous cat’s attention. Photo by Valerie license CC NC ND 2.0 via Flickr

So police thoroughly searched the area and did indeed find a very large housecat that could be mistaken for a cougar — from a distance.

The cat was simply prowling around in the wooded area doing the things that cats do. Police said they always respond to calls about mountain lions if children or animals are near because they are the most dangerous animals in the area. They have, after all, been known to attack kids and pets on occasion.

But apparently at least one cougar has been scared off by Metallica, so there’s that. Apparently these big cats don’t like Heavy Metal.

Photo by Valerie license CC NC ND 2.0 via Flickr

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