Large African Cat Escapes Owner, Prowls Detroit Suburb

A male caracal cat native to Africa explores his new habitat at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Ore., on Sept. 1, 2011. (Don Ryan/AP Photo, File)

AROYAL OAK, Mich.—A large cat native to Africa is on the loose in a suburb north of Detroit after escaping from its owner.

caracal was reported missing around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday in Royal Oak, authorities said.

cat’s weight is estimated at 50 pounds (22.6 kilograms). It was among four big cats held in cages that allowed them to go in and out of the owner’s garage. Two escaped through a gate that was left open.

owner used raw meat to lure one back to the enclosure, the Detroit Free Press reported.

missing cat last was seen near an elementary school, according to the newspaper.

Royal Oak police Lt. Albert Carter told Detroit News that the cats are classified in an animal category that isn’t regulated by the state. cats have got away from their owner’s home on at least two other occasions, Carter said.

y prey on rodents, other small mammals and birds. y also are native to the Middle East, Central Asia, and India.

“ owner says they present no harm to humans,” Carter said. “y are very passive, nocturnal animals.”

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