An African Serval cat was shot and killed in Detroit. On Aug. 27, CBS News reported that the "big cat" is no longer roaming the streets after a neighbor shot it. Turns out, the large feline actually belonged to someone in the area who learned that their beloved pet was killed by "ignorant" people.
"It was simply ignorance. A Savannah cat is a cross between an African Serval and a domestic cat, and that is it. They’re larger cats, they’re very beautiful, they have a lot of stripes and spots, which I think was more intimidating to people than even the size of the cat, because the cat wasn’t overly huge, about 25 pounds and maybe when it was sitting was probably two feet tall. But they’re very sweet animals, they’re kind of like the dog of the cat world," said Laura Wilhelm-Bruzek, with Paws for the Cause Feral Cat Rescue.
The African Serval cat mix was large in size and while some people may have mistaken it for a serious wild animal, the "big cat" had just gotten loose and was out and about investigating the neighborhood. Instead of allowing animal control to properly catch the cat and perhaps return him home, a neighbor took it upon himself to shoot it -- to rid the neighborhood of fear. However, this wasn't a close relative of a mountain lion or a ferocious beast. This was someone's pet.
"They’re totally legal pets. As long as they’re cared for and socialized properly from a young age, they’re wonderful animals. They’re legal exotic pets," Wilhelm-Bruzek added.
An African Serval cat is friendly despite its large size. Unfortunately, no one wanted to learn their facts before jumping into action. The family is said to be heartbroken after learning about their deceased cat.
© Effie Orfanides 2013