Savannah cat on the loose in Portsmouth

A Savannah cat, such as the one pictured here, is on the loose in Portsmouth. It appears to be friendly and domesticated, according to police.A Savannah cat, such as the one pictured here, is on the loose in Portsmouth. It appears to be friendly and domesticated, according to police.

PORTSMOUTH — If you see a tall, slim cat with large ears prowling around, you might want to give a call to police.

A Savannah cat, such as the one pictured here, is on the loose in Portsmouth. It appears to be friendly and domesticated, according to police.

A Savannah cat, such as the one pictured here, is on the loose in Portsmouth. It appears to be friendly and domesticated, according to police.

“There’s a Savannah cat running loose around town that I need to catch,” said Ariel Fisher, Portsmouth’s animal control officer.

A cross between a domestic cat and the serval — a medium-sized, large-eared wild African cat — Savannahs are much larger than a normal domestic cat, weighing about 30 pounds.

(Note: An earlier version of this story erroneously used an image of a serval cat, not a Savannah.)

On Tuesday, Officer Fisher received a call from the Rhode Island state veterinarian in regards to a Savannah cat seen in the area of 582 Wapping Road, near Greenvale Vineyards.

The cat appears to be friendly and domesticated, witnesses have told Officer Fisher.

Nevertheless, she said, a permit is still required to own a Savannah and there are none yet registered in Rhode Island.

If you think you’ve seen the cat, call Officer Fisher at 401/643-0136.

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  1. Carole Baskin said:

    The picture is a Serval, not a Savannah Cat. Is the missing cat really a hybrid or is it another case, like Rocky the bobcat in NJ, where the owner is lying to authorities about it being a pure blooded wild cat?

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