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Ring-tailed cat spotted in San Antonio

By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   July 2, 2013 at 9:26 AM   |   Comments

July 2 (UPI) -- High up on a power line, Eric Garcia's pickup basketball game had an unexpected spectator.

"A possum has a rat tail, so it wasn't that," Garcia said. "Raccoon, they're too fluffy. So I started thinking, what could it be?"

Garcia and his girlfriend, who live in San Antonio, called animal control to report a lemur on the loose.

"The tail. That's what got me thinking, 'zebra tail, where'd that come from'?" Garcia said.

But the San Antonio Zoo said no lemurs were missing, and offered a different theory: The creature was actually a ring-tailed cat, a relative of the raccoon that's native to Texas.

"They have very similar tails" to lemurs, said zookeeper Lyssa MacMillan. "So that would be a much more likely suspect to what was spotted."

Ring-tailed cats are nocturnal and very reclusive.

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