Panic ensued Thursday morning after a cougar was spotted around 7:30 a.m. just outside a hospital in Calgary, Canada. The cat was seen on a lawn near the east entrance of the hospital, prompting fish and wildlife officers to be called in. Then, another cougar was reportedly spotted near the stairwell of a parking garage, though police haven't confirmed the second cougar. The hospital was promptly placed on lockdown and people are being warned to avoid the area.
The Calgary Herald spoke to Detective Jack Russell on the scene:
"One is on Market Street at a construction site off Seton Way, trapped in an underground parkade in the stairwell. The other is at Front Street on the south side of the hospital, laying on the grass, licking its paws, enjoying the morning sunshine."
CBC reporter Kyle Bakx tweeted that wildlife officials have arrived on the scene with tranquilizers. They have also spoken to the Calgary Zoo.
Trish Exton-Parder, lead media relations for the Calgary Zoo, told The Dodo that this actually isn't so unusual in Calgary.