Residents in the Springs community were taken by surprise yesterday after spotting an exotic ‘wild cat’ in the neighborhood and Dubai authorities have dispatched a team to rescue the animal.
A viral video of the cat hiding behind a bush and wandering around swirled across the internet, with hundreds of residents afraid of the havoc the animal could create. A few residents, who live in the Springs community, confirmed they’ve seen the cat and so have the security guards.
Yesterday, the Government of Dubai Media Office issued a statement confirming “trained professionals are currently conducting an extensive search to locate and capture the animal.”
Their statement also comes with a warning by the Dubai Police claiming it’s strictly prohibited to bring a wild animal outdoors. Its owner could face a jail term of up to six months and hefty fines.
Though there have been very cases of wild animals let loose in the public in Dubai, snakes have been a frequent occurrence in the emirate. Last October, an expatriate residing in the Al Fursan community discovered a blind snake in his washroom, followed by a viper snake spotted at a garden in Jumeirah Park in 2019.
(Featured photograph credit: Public Domain Pictures)