Police are searching for a wild animal in the southwestern outskirts of Berlin after a big cat, which they say could be a lioness, was spotted in the area.

Police were first alerted to the animal’s presence after it was seen by two residents chasing a boar.

On Wednesday, an unverified video posted on Twitter appeared to show a lioness in a forest in Kleinmachnow.

Residents are being told to stay indoors until police find the animal.

If the animal is a lioness, it is unclear where it came from. Local zoos, animal sanctuaries, and circuses have said no lions have escaped from their facilities.

“We don’t know where it came from,” a police spokesperson told local media.

Brandenburg police told residents in Kleinmachnow, Teltow, and Stahnsdorf to stay indoors in the early hours of Thursday morning due to the threat of an “escaped wild animal”, but later tweeted: “The wild animal could be a lioness. The warning area has now been extended to the south of Berlin.”

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