A toy black leopard left lying in a footpath sparked panic in a Chinese city.

Black Leopard Toy

The 91cm stuffed toy scared pedestrians and caused a traffic jam in Xiamen city.

“Dogs were scared and passers-by were running for their lives. Some of them ran into traffic, causing a back-up.”

Eventually, police officers arrived with an armed anesthetist from the local Haicang Zoo.

“After observing for a while, we saw the leopard was stationary, so one of the officers gingerly went ahead and touched it. Then we realized it’s a toy,” said a police spokesperson