Avondale Lion

Lion may be on the loose in Cincinnati neighborhood

  • March 25th, 2010 2:59 pm ET
Cincinnati Police search for a large cat of some kind spotted in the Avondale neighborhood

Photo: WKRC-TV Local 12

Residents in one Cincinnati neighborhood are worried after hearing reports that some kind of a large cat, possible a lion, was spotted wandering the streets there Thursday morning.

911 dispatchers say they received several calls about the animal around 7 a.m. on March 25, 2010. It was seen in the 500 block of Glenwood Avenue in the Avondale neighborhood, near Phoenix School.

The Cincinnati Zoo, which is only blocks away from where the cat was seen, did a head count and says all of its large cats are accounted for.

Police with rifles searched the area, carefully searching through a dumpster outside the school and using an aerial ladder fire truck to get a better vantage point on the neighborhood from the air.

Officers say the reports are credible. The callers say the cat was buff-colored and had a mane. It triggered motion lights along the school. The witnesses say they saw the cat sit upright, then lithely hop a six foot fence near the dumpster and disappear.

There were no tracks left behind by the animal and it was never found. But police say they continue to be on the lookout for the animal.