NEEDED A PU-MA: Woman Who Popped To Loo Came Face To Face With Puma

A Brazilian woman was stunned when she popped to the bathroom and came face to face with a puma.

She filmed the big cat as it bared its teeth from its hiding spot behind the toilet at her home in Paranaiba, Mato Grosso do Sul State, on 18th November.

After the shock of stumbling upon the feline had worn off, the woman called Environmental Military Police (PMA) in neighbouring Aparecida do Taboado.

The big cat had also apparently got a fright, as it appeared to have taken a poo on the bathroom floor.

In a statement, the PMA said: “Luckily, there was no attack, especially considering how close she got to the feline, which possibly felt cornered, which is when there is a risk of a wild animal attack, particularly involving a feline.”

As well as the PMA team, firefighters and a volunteer veterinarian were called to the scene.

A cougar (Puma concolor) trapped in the bathroom of a house, hisses at rescuers in Paranaiba, Brazil, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. The cougar was sedated and captured with the use of tranquilizing darts, after it underwent an exam , the cougar was released in an environmental reserve. (CEN)

The vet fired a tranquilliser dart at the puma and locked it in a cage once it was sedated.

It was found to be in robust health during a check-up.

The PMA then took it to an environmental reserve far from any built-up areas and released it back into the wild.

The puma (Puma concolor) – also known as a cougar, mountain lion, or panther – is a large cat native to the Americas.

It is the second-largest cat in the New World – after the jaguar (Panthera onca) – and is still plentiful in the wild.

Attacks on humans are rare but do occasionally happen, with the animal typically biting the victim’s neck.