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Pet wildcat lost in Phuket, Russian family offers 50,000 baht reward

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PHOTO: Facebook: Aliona Lissone

Be on the lookout for an African wildcat in Phuket. A Russian family’s pet serval cat “Julie” is missing and they’re offering a 50,000 baht reward to anyone with information that leads to the cat’s return.

The cat is large with markings that resemble a cheetah. Julie was last seen in the Surin Beach area. The cat’s owner, Aliona Lissone, made a post on Facebook in Russian reporting the missing cat animal.

“Please understand: a family member we love is lost.”

Those who come across the cat should not approach it. Aliona says her cat is not dangerous, but it will be scared and run away if approached by humans. Chief of the Khao Phra Thaew Non-Hunting Area Conservation Centre in Thalang, Piyawat Sukon, confirms that the cat is not known to attack.

“The serval cat is instinctively terrified by people. It can be tamed, although it is an animal and still can bite… If you do see this serval cat, keep an eye on it but do not approach it – and report it immediately to the owner.”

SOURCES: Phuket News | Facebook

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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