This is a little snippet of an American cat story. You would never see a story like this in the UK or even Europe. “Pets” were going missing in Indiana. A couple were concerned that their cats would be attacked and killed so they were watching over their backyard. They were prepared to see a bobcat, a medium sized wild cat that is found across the United States. That is what they were told could be attacking local “pets”.
As it happens a large animal did turn up and without any delay the boyfriend of the woman who kept cats shot it. I am not sure he knew what he was shooting at. Shoot first, ask later seems to be the motto.
Anyway the large animal was a leopard. He shot the leopard dead. So we have a leopard roaming around Indiana eating pets including cats who was shot by a human. Quite a neat chain of killing events.
The leopard does not live in the wild in the USA. It was probably bred in a zoo somewhere or imported from Asia perhaps, who knows. Perhaps the leopard was in someone’s private zoo and escaped or was freed. In fact it was reported that the physical state of the leopard (declawed?) indicated that it was a “pet”. Large, semi-domesticated wild cat species are not uncommonly kept as pets in the USA. A sorry tale of cats and killing. As usual, the cats come off worst.
The leopard shouldn’t have been where it was. A person put the leopard into that situation, which was almost bound to end up as it did, with the potential dangers from a leopard and the number of guns in the USA.