The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department in Colorado made an unprecedented arrest on Monday.
A rare ring-tailed cat who has been living in Coles’ shoe department for three weeks has finally been caught by law enforcement.
The intruder “hiding in the shoe section of the Coles store for three weeks, eating ceiling tiles and shoeboxes, sneaking into cat traps and getting food without activating the system,” the department said. tweeted. .
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The tweet continued, “The secret creature has been carefully collected and released into the nearby woods. Ringtail cats are not cats, but are related to raccoons. Native to Colorado, but nocturnal rings. Tails are rarely seen, but don’t touch them; they are wild. Take a picture instead.”
According to the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife, ringtails are excellent climbers and have rotatable ankles that allow them to climb headfirst. The tail, which is half of its two-foot length, helps with balance.
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Ringtails traditionally hunt in pairs and have efficient kidneys, so they do not need to drink water, instead getting their moisture from the moisture of their prey. Ringtails are southwestern desert mammals that occur primarily in southern Colorado.
Typical habitats are canyon and mesa biomes, with most sightings near water. In fact, ringtails are often first reported in an area from animals caught in mink traps.
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Kohl’s did not immediately respond to comment.