An African serval cat that escaped from its Illinois home over the weekend has died from injuries it sustained after being recaptured in a Chicago suburb, police said Monday.
Vernon Hills police originally urged caution over the weekend for a “possible bobcat sighting” after the department received a report of a bobcat in the Grosse Pointe neighborhood Saturday night.
“Please watch your pets, especially at night,” the department wrote on social media.
Residents reported encountering the animal, with at least one person saying it was “about as big as my 75-lb. [pit bull].”
Police said they arrived and saw the animal before they “began tracking it” and “attempting to identify its species.”
They contacted the Illinois Department of Natural Resources with an image and experts identified the animal as a serval, a wild cat native to Africa.
A short time later, officers found the cat’s owners, who were out looking for the lost animal.
“The owner was located and assisted with its capture,” the department wrote on social media.