A local police department set up trail cameras to investigate reports of a mountain lion; the photos they got were quite a surprise.
Reacting to the possibility of a mountain lion on the loose in Kansas, the Gardner Police Department set up some camera traps to see what was going on. What they got was decidedly more Stanley Kubrick than safari. From the department's Facebook page:
"Wildlife concerns: The Gardner Police Department was contacted recently about concern over the possibility of a mountain lion being in the area of Celebration Park. In an effort to determine if there was a possibly dangerous animal in the area we deployed two trail cameras to check for activity in the area. We are glad to report that over the time they were up we did not see a mountain lion."
"We were however surprised by some of the images that the cameras did take," they add. Like the following bizarre creatures.
"We now have another different concern," they continue. "We are attempting to identify some of the wildlife and activity in these images."
Let's see ... a granny, a gorilla, and even the ever elusive Santa Claus. Drinking a beer? Well we all know that Homo sapiens are the weirdest animal of all!
No word yet on who is responsible for photobombing the camera traps, but hats off to the pranksters for injecting a bit of fun into the ordinary; a sentiment shared by the powers that be.
"We would like to sincerely thank the persons responsible as it made our day when we pulled up what we expected to be hundreds of pictures of coyotes, foxes and raccoons," concludes the post. "Thank you to the citizens who noticed the cameras. Your effort and sense of humor are greatly appreciated."