Greensboro, NC -- People walking in Greensboro's Fisher Park Monday night spotted a 70-pound, unusual-looking cat.
When animal control arrived, they found no ordinary house pet. Officers identified the cat as an ocelot, an animal found in southern North America and Central America. However WFMY News 2's own investigation indicates the animal may actually be a serval, a cat native to Africa.
In either case, the cat is not native to North Carolina. It apparently made its way into the urban jungle as a family pet. Animal control workers say a family has tried to claim the cat but, since ocelots are considered exotic animals, they're not permitted in Guilford County.
Animal shelter employees are researching potential new homes for the ocelot and they include zoos and wildlife preserves.
WFMY News 2