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

Caitlin Ashworth

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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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12 Comments

12 Comments

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    Dreamon

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    From the picture seems a Savannah cat, absolutely nothing to do with African cat nor wild cat, it’a USA lab cat.

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      James Pate

      Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      You can get fake anything in Thailand. A fake “African” cat would not surprise me in the least!?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:38 pm

      Not sure how a Savannah cat can be “nothing to do with African cat” as Savannah cats are hybrid Servals / African cats and domestic cats!

      It’s very clearly a Serval / African cat from the length of its legs and size of its ears – friends had one a few years ago.

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    Sam Thompson

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    Just ridiculous having such an animal as a pet, why on earth do the Thai authorities allow such eccentric, weird and privileged things to exist [especially from farangs].

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      Issan John

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 4:19 am

      Eccentric and weird, agreed, but they’re allowed because they’re not captured but bred, and not endangered.

      Not for me at all, but rationally I can’t see any argument against it unless you’re against any pets or domesticating any animals, and vegan.

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    madsen

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    I hope it can keep it’s freedom, and never come back to any human. Hands of the nature.

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      preesy chepuce

      Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 9:26 pm

      Paws, surely? It might be being passed around like in a Japanese snuff film, by some unseemly soi dogs.

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    Errol

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    Not real

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    Alan

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:34 am

    Russians are a strange primitive breed. They need exotic pets to remind them that their ancestor was an ape.

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      Alte Ledertasche

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 8:51 am

      Are you jelous ?

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    Rasputin

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 8:58 am

    It’s probably been eaten for dinner by now in starving Thailand, waste not, want not is the order of the day in tough times.

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    Mr cynic

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 6:35 pm

    That’s a tidy sum of cash anytime.
    Hope the lady has put adverts up in thai and burmeese also.
    Hopefully the lost waif will be found by a local cat lover and not somebody who likes cat.

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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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