'Someone's playing Jumanji': Residents of French town in shock after panther spotted on the rooftops

19 September 2019, 21:45 | Updated: 25 October 2019, 15:04

The panther was spotted in the commune of Armentieres
The panther was spotted in the commune of Armentieres. Picture: Facebook/SDIS du Nord 59
Rachael Kennedy

By Rachael Kennedy

Residents of a town in France have been given a shock after spotting a black panther prowling the rooftop of a house.

The large feline was spotted just after 6pm on Wednesday in the northern commune of Armentières, which is situated on the border with Belgium.

It was seen prowling the rooftop gutter of a building in the town, while videos captured at the time show the animal pacing back and forth and peering into several windows.

One person who shared video on Twitter joked: “There’s a guy in my town and I think he played Jumanji”, in reference to the Hollywood film in which the characters are transported into a jungle game.

In a statement, France’s fire department for the country’s north said it responded to emergency calls about “a dangerous animal”, and was “confronted with a large feline wandering on residential gutters”.

Firefighters trapped the feline after it entered one of the buildings
Firefighters trapped the feline after it entered one of the buildings. Picture: Facebook/SDIS du Nord

A security perimeter was then placed around the animal, before it entered one of the buildings and was trapped.

An anaesthetic was later administered to safely move the panther into care.

Pendant ce temps là sur armentieres...🤣🤣🤣🤣

Posted by Tof Christianson on Wednesday, 18 September 2019

In a tweet, the national police said it was aware of the incident and had opened an investigation into what happened.

Meanwhile, the Animal Protection League in France shared a video of the panther after she was caught, and said she had been transported on Thursday morning to a zoological park “to welcome her in better conditions”.

12h00 : Notre petite pensionnaire extraordinaire est bien partie dans la matinée vers un parc zoologique en capacité de l’accueillir dans de meilleurs conditions. Une nouvelle vie commence pour elle ! 🐾

Posted by Ligue Protectrice des Animaux du Nord de la France - LPA-nf on Wednesday, 18 September 2019

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