Replace on the response of the armed police to “wildcat” within the London backyard


A “feral cat” that has fled a London house has not yet been found.

Police, including armed officers, were called to Winnington Road in Barnet at 9 p.m. Monday (May 25) for reports of a large cat seen in a garden.

Residents were initially told the cat was a tiger or leopard, although city police have since confirmed that the animal was a Savannah cat.

On Wednesday morning (May 27th) the cat or the owner of the cat was not found.

A Met spokesman said: “Police were called to reports on a large cat seen in a garden on Winnington Road, N2 at around 9pm on Monday, May 25th.

“Officers, including armed officers, visited the scene.

The cat is hiding in the bushes of a house

“An animal expert took the cat and assessed it visually. They concluded that the animal was a hybrid, a cross between a domestic cat and a Savannah cat.

“The expert opinion was that this animal was neither dangerous nor a threat to the public.

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“Given the information, the security container was lifted and the cat removed from the garden.

“The matter was recorded for intelligence purposes and no criminal offenses were reported.

“The police were unable to trace the owner of the cat at this point.”

Several police cars were discovered on Winnington Road in Barnet

A Savannah cat is a cross between an exotic African serval and a domesticated house cat.

They can be up to two and a half times larger than domestic cats, and typically weigh between 15 and 20 pounds.

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Their long legs, large ears, and dark spots give them a wild look.

The cat was reported to belong to someone on Bishops Avenue, often referred to as Billionaires’ Row due to the number of mansions on the street.

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