Escaped African cat captured in Royal Oak, returned to owner [VIDEO]

ROYAL OAK (WWJ) -- A very large cat that was on the loose in Oakland County has been found.

Royal Oak police tell WWJ that the African Caracal named Bam Bam that escaped on Wednesday morning from its enclosure outside a home on E. Lasalle St., near 13 Mile and Rochester roads, was safety captured.

Bam Bam was found just a couple of blocks away from his home in a neighbor's yard. He was recovered without incident by a group called “South Lyon Murphy,” who posted the capture on their Facebook page.

At around 6:30 a.m., officers had responded to the home where it was reported that several of these felines — which resemble a cougar or bobcat — had gotten loose.

This is at least the third time these cats have escaped, according to police.

Two of the animals were found in the unsecured enclosure, police said. Officers were then able to track down a third in the area, and it was returned home with the owner's help.

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While authorities searched for Bam Bam, Royal Oak residents were advised to keep their small pets inside and to avoid approaching the big cat if they were to spot him.

According to the International Society for Endangered Cats (ISEC), the Caracal, sometimes called called a "desert lynx," is a wild cat native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Pakistan and India. On average, an adult will stand up to 20 inches tall that at the shoulder and weigh up to 42 lbs. The cats can leap higher than 12 feet, which is helpful as the carnivores prey on birds, rodents and other small mammals.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), this particular species does not fall under the exotic cat classification and is unregulated.