Savannah cat tranquilised after residents spot it roaming around New Jersey

Savannah cat tranquilised after residents spot it roaming around New Jersey

A savannah cat was found in New Jersey (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Friday, March 24, 2017

A savannah cat spread panic on the streets of New Jersey yesterday before being caught by animal control.

The animal - a cross between a domestic cat and a large, wild African feline called the Serval - was seen by residents walking around in Paterson, according to CBS New York.

One resident said they couldn't believe their eyes when they saw the animal outside and another said “that is not a regular cat, that is something like a puma."

On Thursday morning (March 23) it was tranquilised by animal control and is now being kept at Wildlife Freedom Animal Rescue in Wanaque.

It is believed that the cat is likely to have been a pet, as it is legal to keep them as long as they are at least 1% domestic cat.

However they can cost up to $30,000 (£24,000), so the rescue centre will not give the animal back to anyone who claims to be an owner without firm proof.