A ringtail. File photo. Photo Credit: SaguaroNPS (Flickr).

A ringtail. File photo. Photo Credit: SaguaroNPS (Flickr).

A nocturnal and rarely sighted ringtail cat was rescued last week from home in Jefferson County.

According to county officials, the ringtail was rescued after being trapped in the rafters of a home's boiler room in Evergreen, Colorado. 

County officials tweeted out the video below, which shows the ringtail cat being released back into the wild on Friday.

The species, native to Colorado, is so rarely seen that only a few have ever spotted them roaming in the wild. In one case, in February of 2019, a ringtail cat was caught on video wandering inside a Burger King in Cañon City.

While often mistaken for cats, ringtails are actually a member of the raccoon family. They have long, furry bodies with a bushy black and white striped tail. They are also known to be avid climbers, capable of ascending vertical walls, trees, and rocky cliffs.

Breanna Sneeringer writes about news, adventure, and more for OutThere Colorado as a Digital Content Producer. She is an avid adventure seeker and wildflower enthusiast. Breanna joined OutThere Colorado in September 2018.

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