Mysterious big cat roaming the streets of Detroit killed, thrown in trash
It’s been a rough summer for Detroit. The city went bankrupt. And then found a million-dollar check that had been forgotten in a desk drawer. As if to cap it all off with a metaphor for the chaos into which the city was seeming to descend, there were sightings of a mysterious big cat that looked like a leopard roaming the city.
Turns out the large cat was not actually a harbinger of the wild come to prey upon the weak, but a Savannah cat named Chum. A cross between African serval cats (like the one pictured above) and standard domestic house cats, Savannah cats grow up to two feet tall and weigh 25 pounds. They’re also prized pets, costing thousands of dollars. They bear the markings of a leopard, which apparently seriously freaked out some of Detroit’s residents.
Paws for a Cause for got involved in the search for the big cat when Chum’s owners put out word that he had escaped from home. Apparently he’d climbed out the window and went roaming. After making some inquiries, the Paws staff heard that the big cat had been shot. A neighborhood local led them to a trash can, where Chum’s body was lying, discarded.
The owners “were hysterical,” reports USA Today. Chum as a second-generation Savannah. The breed was first introduced to the U.S. in 1997.
Here’s an actual photo of Chum, taken by a resident before he was felled:
Image: Getty Images
Source: Detroit Free Press