This is the moment a Jaguarundi wild cat is captured by officials in a family’s garden during COVID-19 lockdown.
The Jaguarundi (Herpailurus yagouaroundi), a wild cat native to the Americas, was found in a garden on Alvarado Street in the neighbourhood of Tiro Federal in the city of La Paz located in the northern Argentine province of Entre Rios.
According to local media, Rural Crimes officials and local cops went to the house and managed to coerce the wild cat into a cage.
The animal was then taken to a veterinary clinic to be checked over before officials release it back into the wild.
Reports said that experts are looking for an ideal mountain location where they can release the little Jaguarundi.
Rural Crimes official Annelise Dieterle told local media that spotting a Jaguarundi in built-up areas is “uncommon here but they are appearing more due to deforestation like many other animals”.
She added: “It was the first time we captured one of these animals as we hadn’t even seen one before.”
According to local media, the COVID-19 lockdown has led to many animals straying into urban areas from their natural habitats due to the absence of people around.
However, in this case, the family was at home when the wild cat entered their garden.
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