Woman claims alleged African wildcat was stolen, not illegal

New Mexico News

A New Mexico couple found what they thought was a wildcat in their backyard but it may not be so wild after all.

KRQE News 13 first showed you cell phone video from a Los Chaves backyard taken on Sunday.

Homeowners David and Kristin Gabaldon thought it was a Serval cat which is indigenous to Africa and is illegal to have without a permit here in New Mexico.

However, KRQE News 13 spoke to Cassandra Mendoza who says she owns the cat.

Mendoza says it’s actually a 9-month-old Savannah cat which is a cross breed between a Serval and a domestic cat.

She claims someone stole it from her last week and then apparently lost it.

“I really want her back. You know she belongs here. Those types of cats don’t do well with change. She was very bonded with me,” said Mendoza.

Mendoza is hoping anyone who finds the cat will come forward and return her.

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