Wild west display brings home Moscow lynx
The policemen alerted by the reports of bewildered residents had to seal off the area for security reasons. They were later joined by zoologists who helped to trap the animal.
The big cat was said to have been distressed and climbed a nearby tree. A tranquilizing shot failed to put the lynx to sleep and officials had to resort to using a lasso. The creature was then taken to an animal nursery.
Zoologists were puzzled by the fact that the lynx was particularly well-fed and suggested it may be privately owned. Their guesses turned out to be right, as the owner of the animal turned up.
As reported by information agency RIA-Novosti, the man said the lynx had managed to escape when he was taking his unusual pet for a walk on a leash.
The official procedure for handing the lynx over to its owner is underway.