After the panther of Armentières, the lynx of Marquette-lez-Lille? It is not like that. However, the firefighters did not take this alarm lightly at around 11 this Thursday, from a hiker strolling rue de l’Hôpital-Saint-Jean-Dieu, near the riding school of the Mûriers stables, in the border of Wambrechies. The hiker said he saw this which he thought was a lynx in complete freedom.
Not a lynx, but a savannah
The department then ordered a dog team from Caudry and a veterinary firefighter from Douai. On the spot, the experts realized that it was in fact a Savannah cat, a licensed hybrid species, cross between a cat and a serval. They then decided to put the great tom to sleep with a hypodermic dart, so as not to injure him by capturing him.
The animal was taken to a safe place and kept secret because the purchase price of a Savannah can reach the 5,000 euros. It is currently unknown whether the cat could be identified and what it was doing in Marquette-lez-Lille, but according to specialists, this cat breed needs a lot of space.
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