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Faux Paw: Big Cat on Loose Near Disneyland Paris Not a Tiger

More than 200 people are searching for the animal, which was spotted crossing a highway by a helicopter.

A big cat that was spotted near Disneyland Paris — sparking a search that involved scores of police, soldiers and a helicopter — is not a tiger after all, French officials said Friday. Authorities are now referring to the elusive animal as an unidentified feline.

The creature was first spotted Thursday by a local woman in a parking lot and was later seen crossing a highway. About a dozen troops were tapped to help scores of French police officers armed with tranquilizer guns hunt for it. Residents of Montevrain, about 25 miles east of Paris, were warned to stay inside it was caught. The mayor of Montevrain said the search teams ringing the area hope to take the animal alive.

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