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.
It's a raccoon?.it's a cat?..it's a catcoon?!¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Jeffco Sheriff (@jeffcosheriffco) January 8, 2021
The JCSO Animal Control recently rescued a #ringtail cat from a home owner's boiler room rafters and released it in the woods nearby. This nocturnal creature is native to #Colorado and a rare sight to see. #wildlife #Jeffco pic.twitter.com/Zuz4TjDFs8
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.