Black panther prowling French rooftops prompts astonishment

A black panther escaped from its home and prowled the rooftops of a French town.

According to French media report, the animal, which wildlife experts believe was about six-months old, was being kept as a pet and got out through an open window while its owner was on holiday,

Police officers, firefighters and the National Wildlife Conservation Authority combined efforts to bring in the big cat after it caused a stir in the town of Armentieres, near Lille.

Dozens of people ringed the row of houses to watch the panther explore the rooftops, forcing emergency workers to erect a cordon.

The creature reportedly remained calm throughout, occasionally pausing to watch a train go by or observe a domestic cat.

Eventually the panther re-entered its home and firefighters took the chance to put a long ladder against the building, blocking the window.

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