SAN ANTONIO It was a most unusual basketball fan, perched up high among the power lines watching Eric Garcia play his pickup game. The silent stare from above drew the attention of Garcia s girlfriend.

I was afraid of it, Jackie Zamora said. I just saw its tail, just wagging.

Zamora grabbed her phone to record it as Garcia tried to coax the animal down from the tree -- an animal neither had ever seen before.

A possum has a rat tail, so it wasn t that, Garcia said. Raccoon, they re too fluffy. So I started thinking, What could it be; what could it be? Then it came to my head, Has to be a monkey.

So, Eric went with his best monkey call and hollered at the animal, after he called animal control to report a lemur on the loose.

The tail. That s what got me thinking, zebra tail, where d that come from? Garcia said.

The San Antonio Zoo reports no Lemurs missing, but zookeepers know of another animal, often mistaken for the ring-tailed lemur: the ring-tailed cat.

They have very similar tails. Ring-tailed cats are actually not cats, they re related to raccoons. And they are much smaller and native to Texas. So that would be a much more likely suspect to what was spotted, zookeeper Lyssa MacMillan said.

Zoo officials said the ring-tailed cat is nocturnal and so reclusive, so most Texans won t ever see the animal outside of a zoo -- unless they happen to be in a parking lot on the city s southeast side.
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