A massive mystery cat was spotted recently–across the street from a Wendy’s restaurant in rural Mississippi.
“That is a massive cat,” says David Sluder, who witnessed the beast near the eatery. “I can assure you this is not a house cat,” he wrote in a Facebook post. “It looks to be the same size as a medium to large dog.”
While officials say panthers and other big cats have been extinct for 100 years in the state, they allowed that a cat this large may have been “passing through.”
“Most biologists credit these sightings to misidentification, released exotic pets or [rarely] animals passing through from places like Texas where lions still live,” the Mississippi State University Extension Service says.
All of which makes this big cat sighting very big news in one very small community.