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

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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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    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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UPDATE: Confusion over Covid-19 tests for visa extensions

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UPDATE: Khaosod English removed a story on Covid-19 tests for those seeking visa extensions and replaced it with the article “Immigration backtracks on plan to require Covid-19 test for visa extensions.” They say the previous report sparked uproar among expats and immigration police spokesperson has since apologised for the misunderstanding.

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Confusion reigns today over whether Covid-19 tests will be required for visa extensions. While The Phuket News spoke with an immigration official who said “no… you don’t need a Covid-19 test to extend your visa or apply for a work permit”, Khaosod English wrote an article headlined “Covid-19 test will be mandatory for all visa extension”.

The Thaiger also contacted a respected visa agent who said Covid-19 tests are, indeed, now required for applying for both visa extensions and work permits, even renewals.

The Thai Immigration Bureau has not made any official announcement regarding Covid-19 tests. Talk about Covid-19 tests for foreigners was brought up after a rule was published in the Royal Gazette last month, officially adding Covid-19 to a list of dangerous diseases, prohibiting those infected with any of the listed illnesses from entering the country.

Immigration Police Bureau spokesperson Archayon Kraithong told Khaosod English that proof of a negative Covid-19 test will be required for visa extensions, regardless of how long a foreigner has stayed in Thailand. On the other hand, Phuket immigration deputy chief Nareuwat Putthawiro told The Phuket News that Covid-19 tests will not be required for visa extensions or work permit applications.

“We do not require any medical documents for an application to renew a visa, because there are few foreigners’ movements outside Phuket. Most of them live and work in Phuket, and have done so before the new wave of Covid-19… So they do not have to worry about it. Everything is still the same.”

Medical exams are currently already required for most work permit applicants (including tests for Syphilis and Elephantiasis). A visa agent told The Thaiger that Covid-19 tests have been added to the medical examination requirements for work permit applicants. But, on the other hand, Phuket immigration says they DO NOT require Covid-19 tests for work permit applicants.

“We have not received any notices about Covid-19 requirements for processing applications to renew visas. If we do receive any such orders, we will let the public know.”

It isn’t the first time there has been conflicting statements coming out of different officials, in different immigration offices on different days.

SOURCES: Phuket News| Khaosod English

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Visitors to Phuket from “highest risk” areas must show Covid-19 test results

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People arriving Phuket from the “highest risk” areas are required to take a swab test by the staff at emergency operation centres (EOC) or show the test result document endorsed by the EOC staff made within 72 hours of their arrival. The revised order is effective from now until January 31, according to the Phuket Governor.

Those people who are on a brief business trip to Phuket need to show certificates from their employers describing the reason and necessity of their trips. If they want to leave their accommodations, they have to make a request to the EOC and clearly explain the reason as well as the time and destination. Visitors are also asked to avoid going to the community areas to avoid crowded gatherings.

It is noted that the revised order by the governor has not been officially promoted by the Phuket office of the Public Relations Department. However, all visitors are still asked to register online via the Mor Chana contact tracing application and via www.gophuget.com according to the order re-issued on Friday.

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The road less travelled – trekking to the Kalim Viewpoint

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There are two well known ways to get from Kathu to Kalim or Kamala – one is across the Patong Hill, and the other is much longer, through Srisoonthorn and along the coastal road from Surin the Kamala (very scenic too).

But there’s also another way. Also very scenic but will take you about 2 hours through dense forest although there is a well-worn walking track. The track will take you from Kathu up to the Kalim Viewpoint. From here you can head back to Kathu along a different path, or down into Kalim, near Patong.

Starting about halfway down Soi Namtok in Kathu, you head up a nondescript road past the Flying Hanuman zipline attraction, although there’s no sign at the entrance to the soi (below). About the first kilometre is paved but then becomes increasingly ‘agricultural’ as you get higher into the hills, heading towards the Kalim Viewpoint. There’s also a small temple on the way up.

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PHOTO: The start of the trek, a small soi off Soi Namtok – Google Maps

It will take around 2 hours to trek up to the Kalim Viewpoint. The walking is quite strenuous and you’ll need to be wearing the right shoes and take plenty of water – there’s no 7/11s on the way! As you get nearer the top, to the viewpoint, the track becomes less drivable although the track is still quite open and easy to follow. If you’re feeling a bit lazy you can take a motorbike about halfway up the road until you’ll need to proceed on foot from there.

From the Kalim Viewpoint you can see across Kalim to Patong Bay and the land that stretches along the bay south of Patong Beach. From the top you can either make your way down to Kalim or another exit along the Kalim-Kamala Road, just near the Iguana Beach Club.

You can also head back another way to Kathu, a longer return track that skirts around the top of the Kathu Waterfall. A lot of that track gets very narrow and parts of it are up and down the hills, some of it very steep.

The views are amazing and you get to see a vast swathe of Phuket, still very close to popular locations like Patong, Kamala and Kathu, but untouched by any civilisation.

You’ll need to be in reasonable health to take on the trip but, just to go up to the Kalim Viewpoint and back, or down into Kalim, should take around 5 hours in total. On a scale of 1 – 5 for difficulty, we’d rate it a 3. An easy trek for experienced people but will need a bit of planning if you’re not an experienced trekker.

Even on a hazy day, as it was today, the views were amazing. But best to start off early morning when the weather is cooler. Well worth the time for the views and the opportunity to see more of Phuket, away from the bars and beaches.

Thanks to BT for the pics and information.

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