Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 16th, 2009
Reporter Robert Boyer of the Burlington (NC) Times-News writes:
William Austin has lived in the country for most of his 66 years.
He’s seen his share of wildlife near his home at 4724 Cobb Road, a golf shot east of the Guilford County line off Spoon Road and N.C. 62 in southwestern Alamance County.
But nothing like this.
Several weeks ago, the lawnmower repairman spied a rather strange creature the size of large cat munching on a discarded tomato at the edge of his garden.
Whatever it was, this kitty looked like a genetics experiment gone awry, a strange amalgam of miniature bear paws, a raccoon’s ringed tail and an aardvark-like snout.
The exotic critter eventually wandered off into the woods but returned later that evening and pilfered some supper from a bird feeder in his yard before vanishing again.
Days rolled by and Austin saw no more of his hungry new friend.
On Monday, a neighbor called. It’s here— come and shoot it, she pleaded.
But Austin had a different plan.
“Nobody believed me when I told them. That’s why I thought I would go ahead and catch it.”
So he did, with a live trap cage.
Rest of the article, here.