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Mysterious animal roaming California neighborhood

Mystery Animal Roaming Calif. Neighborhood

The chatter continues to grow in Norwalk, California, after a large, mysterious animal was caught on a surveillance camera. The City of Norwalk first published a Facebook post about a large wildcat sighting in the area, then detailed what you should do if you see a mountain lion ... which was probably really comforting for its residents.

And the next day it posted this surveillance video of the creature.

Speculation and theories about what the animal is and where it came from are never-ending. Experts aren't even completely sure.

A representative for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife told KTLA the animal doesn't appear to be a mountain lion: "I was able to gauge the size, the height of the animal just with some items that were in the front yard of the residence, and it didn't appear to be the size of a mountain lion." Mountain Lion Foundation reports adult mountain lions have tan-colored coats, similar to African lions, but they have a smaller build.

And according to the Los Angeles Times, the founder of Project Survival's Cat Haven says the creature appeared to have the same characteristics as an African lion.

So the mystery remains. And as you can imagine, residents are worried. KNBC reported, "Yeah really, it could be around the corner."

Some are referring to the animal as Norwalk's very own Bigfoot. But some think they've already figured it out thinking it's just an "old, tired dog."

And apparently, anything is possible. ABC reminds us about a false alarm that took place in Virginia last year. People called 911 to report a "lion" walking along a street ... when really it was just a cute Labradoodle with a unique haircut.

Norwalk's mystery animal hasn't been spotted since Tuesday, but residents and officials in that area are still on high alert.

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Mike August 05 2014 at 5:37 AM

Hopefully it is man eating and voracious. Breed it and send it to the border.

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fred August 05 2014 at 7:13 AM

Word on the street is that it is Botox Pelosi getting ready for her PoleDancing '14 tour with the Pantsuit Pinocchio.......

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leslie August 05 2014 at 11:06 AM

Obama still campaigning? Then it could be a African lying!

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bba007 leslie August 05 2014 at 12:29 PM

Its looking for a Tea Bagger named leslie. I'm sure it wants to purge itself so you would be a morsel to do that.

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PERFORATOR bba007 August 05 2014 at 3:25 PM

Uh oh, somebody has gotten teabagged.

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Nancy Martinez leslie August 05 2014 at 6:52 PM

I like that!

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Merle August 05 2014 at 5:22 AM

Looks like a female lion to me. anyone lose their pet lion.

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twalsh4440 August 05 2014 at 10:03 AM

Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

You have a Werwolf

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bjredmond64 twalsh4440 August 05 2014 at 11:08 AM


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marciepie August 05 2014 at 8:33 AM

Irish wolfhound or giant schnauzer

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hurry up dammit August 05 2014 at 7:43 AM

Here kitty kitty ..........

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srleader hurry up dammit August 05 2014 at 9:00 AM

Dang!! You stole my comment!!! LOL

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no1hounddog2u August 05 2014 at 11:43 AM

Looks like Sarah Palin out for a midnight walk to me

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cherylhaass August 05 2014 at 10:00 AM

It does look like an African lion more than a mountain lion. Perhaps some rich Hollywood idiot dumped their unwanted "pet" nearby, or it got loose. It ALSO looks (from the very grainy photos) a bit like a confused, tired Pitbull or Bullmastiff. GMA dimwits aside, it's hard to be sure just from what is shown here. But Bigfoot? Hardly.

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sulandherb cherylhaass August 06 2014 at 1:35 AM

the tail is "off" for a dog.... of course who knows what someone does to their dogs tails out there....

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bbnpl4545 August 05 2014 at 12:28 PM

Its the Pink Panther.

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