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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