An unnamed woman, from Richmond, VA, in the US, shared photos of an animal on Craigslist, asking if anyone had lost a cat.
She wrote: “FOUND cat last night was stuck in between my fence screaming its head off. I brought it inside because it looks too big and healthy for a stray and dogs here escape often and will eat cats that get out.
“It is very thick and has little stripes and spots on its legs and big white round spots on the back of its ears, only thing that looks wrong with him is he doesn’t have a tail, but it doesn’t seem like anything new.
“He is very vocal (and mean!!!) I think he is a tabby and bengals mix, maybe some Maine Coon because he is just so big and chubby. I took most of these pics last night so the lighting makes him look brown, but he is actually more grey. He was very hungry. Please, if you’re his owner contact me ASAP. I can not keep him here because as cute as he is, he is CRAZY and has gotten into everything in the house in one night and is EXTREMELY AGRESSIVE.”
After seeing her ad, many people messaged the woman to inform her that it was in fact a wild bobcat that she’d brought into her house and warned her to get rid of it quickly. Bobcats are the most common type of wildcat found in North America, named so for their short, bobbed tail.