A mysterious, four-legged fugitive gambled and lost in Las Vegas Thursday when it was caught after leading police on a wild chase. Nathan Frandino reports.
It didn't want to hang around... This mysterious creature leading authorities on a wild chase in Las Vegas, Thursday. Armed with nets, Clark County Animal Control and Metro Police pursued the suspect as it zigzagged across the pavement. Many wondering what exactly it was. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMBER RYAN, WITNESS, SAYING: "At first we thought it was a baby kangaroo or something because it was hopping around." But it wasn't a kangaroo and it wasn't a rabbit. It was a Patagonian Mara... native to South America. Amber Ryan called 911 after seeing someone dump it in the street. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMBER RYAN, WITNESS, SAYING: "They just threw it out with no care. Right in traffic it wasn't off into the side of the road or nothing." The Humane Society says it's a disturbing and all too frequent occurence. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LISA WATHNE, HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE UNITED STATES, SAYING: "As is so often the case in these situations they either realize that they cannot properly care for these animals or once the novelty wore off they simply wanted to get rid of it." The animal is now at the county shelter... but its original owner is still on the run.