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Stunned nine-year-old scared after finding snarling jaguar in school toilets

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The giant wild beast had somehow found its way into a toilet stall at David Miguel’s school, and the boy said his heart “almost stopped” when he saw it

A young boy going to the bathroom during a football game at his school was faced with a scary jaguar that had somehow found its way into one of the cubicles.

Horrified, David Miguel, nine, said his “heart almost stopped” upon encountering the giant snarling beast in the toilet before rushing outside to tell his father.

Local authorities were called to the scene and managed to shoot the jaguar with a tranquilizer dart before releasing it back into the wild.

The horrifying incident happened on Saturday morning, May 21, at the Martha Drummond Fonseca Municipal School in the municipality of Nova Lima, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

David told local media: “I was shaking like jelly. It went ‘grrr’ and my heart almost stopped.”

David’s father Rodrigo Almeida, 34, said: “I thought it was going to be an ocelot, a wild dog or something else. When I saw that the animal was so big, I ran back.”

The Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA) said the animal was a young woman and was unharmed in the incident.

IBAMA was responsible for releasing the jaguar into its natural habitat.

The jaguar is the largest big cat found in the wild on the South American continent, reaching up to 6 feet in length and weighing up to 15 stones.

Its powerful jaws allow the jaguar to bite cleanly through the skulls of other mammals and the shells of turtles.

While greatly feared by early European explorers, jaguars rarely attack humans, and the first official record of a jaguar killing a human in Brazil dates from June 2008.

Veterinarian Marcos Mourao, who was involved in the rescue, said deforestation is leading to an increase in wildlife approaching urban areas.

He said: “We know this is due to increasing deforestation, large wildfires and the destruction of the natural habitat of these animals. Then they end up fleeing in cities.”

If they encounter dangerous wildlife, Mourao advised the public to avoid making too much noise, exit the area slowly and contact emergency services immediately.

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