Officials are seeking to find a means to remove the animal since it has refused to leave its hiding area.
A mountain lion was discovered curled up under a desk in a California high school classroom.
According to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, the juvenile lion was spotted by personnel at Pescadero High School as they were preparing to open on Wednesday morning.
“At this moment, the SMCSO can affirm that ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF at Pescadero High School are safe,” the sheriff’s office tweeted.
“A mountain lion has just penetrated the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District campus.”
Officials said they attempted to “release it go on its own,” but it refused to leave the English classroom and seemed “lost and afraid.”
The event had little effect on the school day since students and staff simply switched classrooms inside the same building.
Stephanie Magallon, an NBC Bay Area reporter, shared multiple photos of the lion behind the desk on social media.
On its Facebook page, the SMCO offered a sarcastic assumption about how the lion got into the school.
“Word has it that the mountain lion that attended the English classroom at Pescadero High School this morning was there to a-paw-logize and paw-sibly ask for a paw-don for turning in its hiss-tory pay-purr a day late,” they wrote.
“School staff inform us that the entrance to the school was a very claw-ver approach to request an extension on the task, and the request has been refused.”
The attack comes just days after a nine-year-old girl in Washington state was hospitalized after being attacked by a mountain lion while playing hide-and-seek on a path with her pals.