One elderly couple in Sonora, California, had settled down for a relaxing evening in front of the TV Sunday. A surprise mountain lion soon changed all that and the evening turned out to be anything but relaxing.
A mountain lion?
Edward Sudduth, 84, and his wife Kathy, 87, were sitting down to watch TV when a mountain lion barged in through the open front door. The big kitty was after a snack — apparently their neighbor’s cat, who fortunately found shelter, Fox40 reports.
“We were just watching television and then all of a sudden, we heard a big bang,” Edward Sudduth said. The couple is certain the mountain lion was chasing the neighbor’s cat, but now here it was smack in the middle of their living room. And a little too close for comfort.
At one point the big cat even ran into Kathy and everything happened so fast it took a moment before she realized what was going on.
“We thought it was a dog,” she recalled.
“His tail was pretty close so I just ‘thwipped’ it a little bit like that,” Edward added.
A frightening situation for the couple and the lion
Then the couple started making scary noises and the mountain lion, suitably panicked, fled to the bathroom. Whereupon Edward shut the door and locked it inside.
“I was very cognizant of what was going on but I knew what to do,” he told Fox40.
The next step was to make way to the bedroom where they barricaded themselves and called for help.
“911 had a hard time understanding what I was talking about because I probably was jabbering a lot,” Edward said.
When the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputies responded they decided to break the bathroom window and coaxed the lion to flee into the night, CNN reports. And it received “a stern warning about the break-in before being released,” officials joked.
No one has seen the lion since Sunday
One woman, who believes the lion was chasing her cat, has reported possibly hearing the big cat 30 hours after the incident. We sincerely hope her cat is now a permanent indoor kitty.
And while encountering this beautiful cat was a memorable experience for the Sudduth’s, it’s not an experience they are eager to experience again.
“Won’t leave the door open anymore,” Edward said while laughing.
Mountain lions aren’t usually a threat to people unless they show aggressive behavior. A person is actually 1,000 times more likely to be struck by lightning than be attacked by a lion, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reports.
We’re glad the couple was unharmed and that the lion escaped safely. Let’s hope it doesn’t make this mistake again.