A search was launched on Tuesday in a district of Dubai after the report of a wild animal resembling a big black feline, announced the police of Dubai, one of the seven entities of the United Arab Emirates. While a video showing this animal circulated on social networks, residents of the residential area The Springs were invited by the authorities to “take all necessary precautions”.
“Dubai police reassured residents today that they are taking all necessary measures to minimize any potential danger to people linked to a wild animal that has been reported,” the emirate’s communications department tweeted. . Specialists are currently conducting extensive research to locate and capture the animal. “
A leopard or a panther
According to the newspaper Nation, referring to a veterinarian, the animal appears to be a young black leopard or panther. “We have been looking for the animal since it was supposedly seen by a resident this morning,” a security guard explained to the daily.
Despite heavy fines for keeping or trading wildlife, there are private zoos in the Emirates. The Bellingcat survey site reported this year that the wildlife trade persisted, in part because of celebrities “continuing to show off their tigers, cheetahs and monkeys” on social media.