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23:40  09 may  2019
23:40  09 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Bobcat perched atop electrical pole in Florida crawls down to safety© Jon Austria/Naples Daily News A utility worker tries to nudge a bobcat sitting on top of an electric pole next to the eastbound Interstate 75 milepost 78.2.

NAPLES, Fla. - Drivers cruising along a Florida highway spotted an unusual creature perched atop an electrical pole. The animal was initially believed to be a Florida panther but a closer look confirmed the feline was a bobcat.

Live traffic camera video footage from the Florida Department of Transportation showed the feline near mile marker 78 on eastbound I-75. The bobcat could be seen sitting atop the pole, scanning the area in.

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A utility worker attempted to nudge the bobcat with a long pole to get it to come down. After some prodding, the bobcat slowly crawled down the pole as Florida Wildlife Commission officers stood below.

After hitting the ground, the bobcat ran into the brush.

Bobcats are about twice the size of domestic cats, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They are typically found everywhere from Canada to Mexico and are quite common in Florida.

Contributing: N'dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY and Chad Gillis, Fort Myers News-Press

Follow Megan Kearney on Twitter: @MegKear

This article originally appeared on Naples Daily News: Bobcat perched atop electrical pole in Florida on crawls down to safety

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