Lemur lookalike: Ring-tailed animal spotted in San Antonio

Lemur lookalike: Ring-tailed animal spotted in San Antonio

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Lemur lookalike: Ring-tailed animal spotted in San Antonio

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by Joe Conger / KENS 5

KENS

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 8:34 AM

SAN ANTONIO – It was a most unusual basketball fan, perched up high among the power lines watching Eric Garcia play his pickup game. The silent stare from above drew the attention of Garcia’s girlfriend.

“I was afraid of it,” Jackie Zamora said. “I just saw its tail, just wagging.”

Zamora grabbed her phone to record it as Garcia tried to coax the animal down from the tree -- an animal neither had ever seen before.

 “A possum has a rat tail, so it wasn’t that," Garcia said. "Raccoon, they’re too fluffy. So I started thinking, ‘What could it be; what could it be?’ Then it came to my head, ‘Has to be a monkey.’”

So, Eric went with his best monkey call and hollered at the animal, after he called animal control to report a lemur on the loose.

“The tail. That’s what got me thinking, ‘zebra tail, where’d that come from?’” Garcia said.

The San Antonio Zoo reports no Lemurs missing, but zookeepers know of another animal, often mistaken for the ring-tailed lemur: the ring-tailed cat.

“They have very similar tails. Ring-tailed cats are actually not cats, they’re related to raccoons. And they are much smaller and native to Texas. So that would be a much more likely suspect to what was spotted,” zookeeper Lyssa MacMillan said.

Zoo officials said the ring-tailed cat is nocturnal and so reclusive, so most Texans won’t ever see the animal outside of a zoo -- unless they happen to be in a parking lot on the city’s southeast side.

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