Mom locks herself, kids in bathroom after finding bobcat in home

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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP -

Police say a mother and her two children are unharmed after a bobcat found its way into their home.

Washington Township police say they responded to the call on East Mill Road Wednesday afternoon. They arrived to find the family had locked themselves in a bathroom. The family says for some moments, the bobcat was scratching at the bathroom door.

Two officers quickly spotted the bobcat in the house’s first-floor living room. The animal did not appear sick or rabid, according to a post on the police department’s Facebook page.

Police say the bobcat exited the home an hour after they arrived, leaving via a kitchen window and ran into the woods. They say that the bobcat did not injure anyone and did not do any damage to the home.

"We didn't expect to see a bobcat here because we've lived here 20 years and we've never seen one or heard of one in this area," says Sam Akin, the owner of the property of which he rents part of to the affected family.

It is unknown how the bobcat entered the house.

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