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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Exotic African hybrid cat roaming New Jersey streets caught

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities in New Jersey say they captured a large exotic cat that was wandering Paterson streets.

Officials say residents called Animal Control to report the cat Thursday morning. Animal Control says officers arrived and were forced to tranquilize the animal because it was out of control. The cat was later identified as a Savannah cat.

The felines are a hybrid that is bred by crossing a domestic cat with an African serval. Experts say the exotic pets are difficult to breed and can cost more than $20,000. The cats can weigh up to 30 pounds and leap up to 7 feet.

Wildlife Freedom, a sanctuary for orphaned and injured wildlife, was called to take the cat into custody. Officials say the animal will be cared for until its owner comes forward.

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