Authorities in the southern Vietnamese province of Dong Nai have issued a warning after two black panthers were reportedly spotted near a local residential area.
Residents of Tan An Commune, Vinh Cuu District in Dong Nai reported they had seen two animals that looked like black panthers near the border of the commune.
Witnesses estimated the animals to weigh about 100 kilograms each, according to the report.
Police in Tan An Commune have alerted all residents to the sightings.
Locals have been advised to promptly inform local authorities of any further sighting of the animals.
It is possible that the animals are raised by some local residents and have escaped from their captivity, officers stated.
A representative of the Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve confirmed that no black panther has been spotted at the venue.