Wildlife park called to rehome a cat that's 'too wild'

Staff writer

An exotic cat that was being smuggled into the UK has had to be homed at a wildlife park because it is too wild to go to a normal home.

The feline was stopped from entering the country by Border Control when they realised she is a first-generation Savannah cat - a breed created by combining an African serval with a domestic house cat.

The unusual hybrid, which is recognised as the largest cat breed, costs around £10,000 to buy, as they are difficult to crossbreed - with both types having different gestation periods.

This cat, named Flerken, is the first generation of this breed -  termed F1 - and is 50% serval, a medium-sized, large-eared wild African cat.

Because of their wild inheritance the F1 generation is illegal in the UK under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976.