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Nine-Year-Old Stunned After Spotting Puma Growling In School Toilets

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Nine-Year-Old Stunned After Spotting Puma Growling In School Toilets

A boy in Brazil was given the fright of his life when he came across a puma in a school toilet.

David Miguel was taking part in a football match on Saturday (21 March) at the Martha Drummond Fonseca Municipal School, in Nova Lima, in the state of Minas Gerais, when he needed to nip to the loo.

But his urge to go to the toilet presumably increased tenfold when he stumbled upon a bloody puma in the bogs, with the wild cat promptly scaring the s**t out of him.

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Deploying an excellent simile, the nine-year-old told local media: "I was trembling like jelly.

"It went 'grrr' and my heart almost stopped."

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Poor lad.

Naturally, he ran out of the toilets as fast as he could and told his dad Rodrigo Almeida about the big cat - but he didn't believe his boy initially.

David was shaking like jelly. Credit: CEN
David was shaking like jelly. Credit: CEN

The 34-year-old said: "I thought it was going to be an ocelot, a wild dog or something else.

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"The moment I saw the animal was that size, I ran back."

Like father like son - who could blame 'em?

Fair play, that's terrifying. Credit: CEN
Fair play, that's terrifying. Credit: CEN

Local authorities were called to the scene and the puma was shot with a tranquiliser dart and later released back into the wild.

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The Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) - which released the creature back into its natural habitat - said the animal was a young female and was unharmed in the incident.

Vet Marcos Mourao, who participated in the rescue, said deforestation is prompting an increase in wild animals approaching urban areas.

The animal was returned to the wild unharmed. Credit: CEN
The animal was returned to the wild unharmed. Credit: CEN

He said: "We know this has been happening due to increased deforestation, large wildfires, and the destruction of the natural habitat of these animals.

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"Then, in their escape, they end up crossing into towns and cities."

In the event of coming across a dangerous wild animal such as a puma, Mourao advised people to avoid making too much noise and leave the area slowly, before contacting emergency services right away... though pupils in the UK should feel comfortable using school toilets without fear of wild jaguars.

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Featured Image Credit: CEN

Topics: News, World News, Animals

Jake Massey
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