It wasn’t her eyes Lion.
A California woman couldn’t believe her eyes when she looked out the back window on Friday and saw her dog, Rocco, chasing a large mountain lion through her yard.
“I had a Bible study in our common room. My friend looked out and said ‘oh your dogs are playing’” Sandy Ali from Morada said KCRA over the weekend.
“And I said, ‘I only have one dog.'”
Ali ran outside and saw the big cat jumping into a tree.
“It was up the tree in one jump so quickly,” she told local partner broadcaster NBC News.
She dialed 911 and emergency workers from multiple agencies came to her yard to try to capture and relocate the mountain lion, which the outlet said stayed in the tree for hours.
First responders tried to calm the wild animal, but it was able to jump into a nearby field and escape, she said.
The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office said the cat was unharmed and ran away.
The sheriff’s office on Friday warned Morada residents to be aware of the mountain lion’s presence, adding that the powerful cat is not believed to be aggressive or pose a danger to the public.
But the bureau said locals should keep their pets indoors as a precaution and try to limit their own time outdoors.
Ali later discovered surveillance video footage of her rottweiler valiantly chasing after the big cat.
The Morada resident said she has never seen a mountain range in the neighborhood in all the years she has lived there, and a neighbor also said her visit to the low-rise residential area was very surprising and unexpected, KCRA reported.
Her shock was echoed by social media users who responded to the sheriff’s warning posted on Xformerly Twitter.
“Is that real?” a man asked in disbelief.
The big cat remains at large, and no sightings have been reported since Ali’s dog took it in.
“I think Rocco has proven that he can take care of himself,” she said.