Another exotic-cat sighting in West Seattle

Shades of serval-mania! Steve in North Admiral e-mailed to say:

(Last night) we saw what looked like a very exotic cat moving rapidly through the backyards and greenbelt slope between Palm Ave SW and Ferry Ave SW in the 1700 block area. It was not so big–probably 10 – 15 pounds, but it had absolutely “african savannah cat” markings much like the larger serval cat that was seen and eventually captured a few months ago near PCC. Beautiful bold spotting on its body and black rings on its tail. I’ve never seen a cat move like this fellow–he/she was up on house roofs, back down to ground and darting around, etc. Never got close enough to get a picture.

We haven’t called animal control but probably will if we see it around again. It seemed highly stressed.

Here’s a map of the area. Here’s the last followup we had on the serval situation Steve mentioned. SUNDAY MORNING UPDATE: The situation is resolved (as per comments below) — the cat, a Savannah, found a way to get into and out of its house while its owners were away, but a friend just verified it’s back inside now – and sent this photo (so you’ll know, if you ever see it):


5 Replies to "Another exotic-cat sighting in West Seattle"

  • Evan March 29, 2008 (4:06 pm)

    Could be a Bengal…they’re a domestic cat that has been produced by breeding domestic cats with wild cats, and they look pretty serval-ish and exotic.

  • Wombat March 30, 2008 (9:08 am)

    Oh crap….I’m headed over to Palm Ave right now to see if I can find her…if anyone sees here please call me on my cell [number removed by editor since situation is resolved – 9:34 am]. She’s a friend of mines Savannah cat and her name is Hannah….she’s an absolute sweetheart so no need to fear her…her owner is getting back into Seattle this afternoon and apparently she figured out how to get out of the house on Palm Ave…

    Once again please call me if you see her and I will come and get her..

    Mark J.

  • WSB March 30, 2008 (9:30 am)

    Mark, I’ve got the phone number of the person who sent us the report so I will call you with that.

  • WSB March 30, 2008 (9:38 am)

    Update (and I’ll add to the post too) – I called Mark, the cat’s back in its house, it apparently found a way to get in and out. Mark stresses it’s NOT a serval – but instead a Savannah:
    (more about them here

  • JM April 1, 2008 (3:29 pm)

    What an absolutely gorgeous creature. Glad it’s back home & safe.

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