Cincinnati Zoo Rescues Exotic Cat Found with Cocaine in System

A wild cat that had cocaine in its body when it was caught earlier this year is now living at a zoo in Ohio.

Local news station WLWT5 said that the African serval named Amiry was caught at the end of January after it was seen in a tree in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Oakley, Ohio.

“It was sure a sight to see, and after talking to the cat expert, he said we did a great job. And also [we were] pretty lucky because this cat could’ve shredded us apart and killed us,” the chief of the Hamilton county, Ohio, dog warden’s office, Troy Taylor, said to WKRC.

Amiry was taken to a local animal shelter called Cincinnati Animal Care (CAC) so that she could get more care. During the attempt to catch the cat, one of its legs was broken.

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The wild cat was first thought to be a hybrid savannah cat, but a DNA test proved it to be a serval. In Ohio, servals are not allowed, but savannah cats are.

After testing the wild cat for narcotics, doctors who were treating it found that it had also been exposed to cocaine. Since CAC can’t take care of exotic animals, the serval will get better care at the Cincinnati Zoo.

“We’re extremely proud of the work done in this case by the dog wardens and medical staff and are immensely appreciative to the Cincinnati zoo for getting Amiry the care he needs,” said CAC’s community engagement manager, Ray Anderson.

The owner of the serval has been contacted and is helping with the investigation. At this time, the county’s dog wardens are not going to press charges.

Cincinnati Zoo Rescues Exotic Cat Found with Cocaine in System
Cincinnati Zoo Rescues Exotic Cat Found with Cocaine in System

Servals are African cats that live in the wild. They are known for their black spots and the fact that they can jump up to almost 7 feet in the air.

Over the course of six months, farmers in Missouri saw another serval. This was reported by Gizmodo.

The farmers took care of the serval after they caught it with bait. They even took it to a local vet for an appointment.

In February, the group gave the female serval to an Arkansas wildlife refuge.

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