Pet lynx attacks woman inside Washington home

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by KING 5 News

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Posted on May 5, 2012 at 7:47 PM

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A woman suffered severe injuries to her arm after her boyfriend's pet lynx got loose and attacked her in their Bellevue home.

The incident happened around Friday afternoon at a house in the 1900 block of 160th Avenue NE. The 21-year-old woman was cleaning when the animal escaped its cage.

"There was a lynx cat - a pet that lived in the house and a girlfriend. The cat got jealous of the girlfriend, who was vacuuming, and it jumped on her and bit her," speculated Jenee Westbend, King County Animal Control officer.

Police and medics were called to the scene, but the lynx was still roaming inside the house. Medics waited outside until the lynx's owner came home and kenneled the cat.  Animal Control crews then went in and took the lynx away to a vet's office in Bothell, where it is currently quarantined.

Meanwhile, the woman is expected to be okay.

Neighbors said they have often seen the lynx roaming behind the front windows in the house.

"I kind of felt sorry for the cat living in a house, pacing back and forth, back and forth," said Bruce Walker, neighbor.

It is currently illegal to have a wild cat in your home in most cases. Animal control workers said they will be investigating that while the lynx is being examined at the Bothell vet clinic. They do that every time a pet bites someone, but very rarely is the pet a lynx.

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