“We saw like a mini-leopard”: a serval seduced in Tourcoing?

This Sunday at the end of the day, the firefighters intervened rue de Guisnes and rue Winoc-Choqueel for a wild animal. After four hours, the animal was tested without the veterinarians having succeeded in determining whether it was a serval or a savannah.

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This Sunday around 5 p.m., the firefighters were notified of the presence of a wild animal in a courtyard rue de Guisnes in Tourcoing. ” We saw like a mini-leopard walking on the roofs of garages. He didn’t look aggressive but you never know. And then he attacked a chicken coop in a garden “, testifies a resident of a residence. Twenty firefighters, municipal police and national police were deployed in the area.

An 18 month old feline

Thanks to drones, the animal was located in a garden on nearby Winoc-Choqueel Street. ” He is a very tall cat who can impress but does not seem aggressive “, explained Lieutenant Christophe Depoortère, who led the operations. The canine brigade was also called in as reinforcements. ” They have a good knowledge of animals and in particular NAC (new pets) to ask ourselves are more and more solicited. They know how to approach animals. »

Firefighters managed to catch the animal after it was anesthetized.
Firefighters managed to catch the animal after it was anesthetized.

The feline had settled at the bottom of a driveway. Quickly, the police identified where the animal came from, probably from an apartment on rue Winoc-Choqueel. But if the inhabitants were able to provide his health book, they said that his owner was traveling to Paris. The feline would be named Prince and would be 18 months old. His papers indicate that he is a savannah, a race close to the serval.

Savannah or serval?

Eventually, a firefighter veterinarian was able to put the feline to sleep with an anesthetic injection. The animal was taken to the municipal pound in Tourcoing. The firefighters and the police will now have to determine if it is a savannah or a serval. ” Then, it will be necessary to see if the owner’s papers are in order and to know the conditions of purchase and accommodation of the animal. If everything is not in order, a procedure can be obtained “says a firefighter.

Depending on its weight, the savannah must be subject to authorization. Keeping a serval requires a certificate of capacity for domestic animals not issued by the prefecture.

The animal was taken to the municipal pound.
The animal was taken to the municipal pound.

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