Meet the "Milwaukee Lion."
"I got the call from the neighbor saying ‘Hey Kelly, don’t go in your backyard. It’s a big animal back there and it looks like a lion," Kelly Brooks told WITI-TV.
Then he watched this video shot by his neighbor — check it out in WISN-TV's report:
"I’m like that’s a lion, lion! Not like a play lion — like a lion, lion," Brooks said.
"I was afraid to move," Annie Nolan, who believes she might have seen the lion, told WKOW-TV. "I was sitting there and I couldn't move. I thought, 'What am I looking at?'"
According to WITI, local police received at least two calls — one Monday and one Tuesday — from people reporting lion sightings.
Police searched the areas around the reported sightings and did not find a large cat.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn told WITI the department is "treating it seriously."
The possibility of the animal being a mountain lion is not out of the question, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources told WITI. WISN noted that previous mountain lion sightings in the city occurred a couple of years ago.
Flynn told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that if anyone sees something that looks like a large, lion-like cat to call the department.
"But I don't want a general sense of panic out there either, because we have not had a sighting since [Tuesday morning,]" he added.
Here's a look at some of the fun @MilwaukeeLion is having on Twitter:
i should get a decent portrait done i look like sasquatch in that video footage https://t.co/QEg6EzeFlF— Milwaukee Lion (@milwaukee_lion) July 22, 2015
that's the best footage tho I look like Bigfoot for pete's sake https://t.co/cdSL4CoWzC— Milwaukee Lion (@milwaukee_lion) July 22, 2015
IDK I may go down to Bradford Beach to see if there are any giraffes or gazelles or curly fries https://t.co/tf55o0PlaL— Milwaukee Lion (@milwaukee_lion) July 22, 2015
Tell them not to sing circle of life I'm really tired of that thank you https://t.co/oyRXO5uWSJ— Milwaukee Lion (@milwaukee_lion) July 22, 2015
i have small feet ok https://t.co/omiFvE352p— Milwaukee Lion (@milwaukee_lion) July 21, 2015
.@EastMKETurkeys oh hey guys want to meet up— Milwaukee Lion (@milwaukee_lion) July 21, 2015
This wouldn't be the first time Milwaukee had a run-in with a wild animal go viral. There's apparently a wild turkey living in the city's east side.
(H/T: Daily Mail)