A large black cat mistakenly thought to be a black panther triggered a police search and a public warning in Scotland last Friday (Oct 19).
The initial alarm over the supposed panther sighting even resulted in a police helicopter deployed for the search.
In a Facebook post last Friday morning, the Ayrshire Police Division had urged residents in Drongan and Coalhall to be vigilant, after a sighting of what was believed to be a black panther in the fields between the two villages.
"Officers are currently working to locate the animal, which may be injured," the police added then.
A Police Scotland spokesman told British newspaper The Independent that the first reported sighting of the big cat was at 9.15am local time last Friday, and that a helicopter was deployed to search for it.
But in a Facebook post about five hours later, the Ayrshire Police Division said it had liaised with a big cat expert, who did not believe the animal was a black panther. The police division added that the expert could not confirm what type of animal it was.
Reports later said that the panther could have simply been a harmless feline.
An official from the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told British public broadcaster BBC: "After reviewing the images, we believe (the animal) is a large domestic cat."