Serval on the loose near Victoria, third cat to escape on Vancouver Island this week


Another serval has escaped from its proprietor on Vancouver Island, this time in a group north of Victoria.

Sylvia Lammers says her massive African cat briefly acquired loose from her Brentwood Bay residence on Sunday night time after which escaped once more the following morning.

“She realized how to open the again door,” Lammers stated. “Initially this occurred on Sunday and we acquired her again pretty rapidly. We thought it was our error that we left the door open, not realizing that she had figured it out.”

Lammers says she was ready to lure the cat, named Cassia, again with treats. “Basically, I put prawns in a bag on a string and that is how I acquired her.”

But the following morning, the three-year-old unique feline escaped once more whereas Lammers was at work.

The Brentwood Bay girl says her neighbour reportedly noticed the animal round 10 a.m. Monday however Lammers has been scouring the space unsuccessfully since.

“She camouflages so nicely in this habitat,” Lammers stated.


Cassia is the third serval to escape on Vancouver Island in current days after a pair of the animals acquired loose in Qualicum Beach, B.C., on Sunday. One of the pair is now again in the care of its house owners and the different stays on the loose Thursday.

According to the BC SPCA, one or each of the escaped servals in Qualicum Beach was concerned in the killing of a neighbour’s home cat.

The company says that servals are usually not listed in provincial rules controlling animals from different nations, to allow them to be legally owned in some B.C. municipalities.

Lammers says that whereas home servals have totally different wants than most housecats, they aren’t the wild animals many individuals have made them out to be.

“They are domesticated,” Lammers stated. “It’s not like she’s been pulled from the tundra. She has many generations been raised – her ancestors – in home conditions.”

Lammers says she rescued Cassia from somebody who was ill-equipped to take care of the cat when it was six months previous.

The Capital Regional District’s animal management workplace informed CTV News on Thursday it had not obtained any calls about the escaped cat in Brentwood Bay.

“My intestine is that she is not on the run and he or she’s simply hunkered down someplace,” Lammers stated. “We’ve created slightly scent path for her. We’ve put out her litter pads at the finish of our driveway in hopes that she’s going to catch the scent and discover her method again.”


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