No, a Cheetah Wasn't Running Around Reading. It's an African Cat, Though. - NBC 10 Philadelphia

No, a Cheetah Wasn't Running Around Reading. It's an African Cat, Though.

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    Police in Reading, Pennsylvania discovered this large cat running around town last Saturday. At first, people thought it could be a cheetah, but animal control says it's an African serval, another breed of cat.

    (Published Friday, Nov. 10, 2017)

    Police say they captured a big African cat, resembling a cheetah, running loose through the streets of Reading, Pennsylvania.

    Reports about the spotted feline started coming in on Nov. 3. When Reading  officers tracked it down, they initially thought they'd found a cheetah.

    The Animal Rescue League of Berks County says they got a call from the police department about the feline on Saturday.

    When staff responded, they found a cat called an African serval in Reading, about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The cats are illegal to own in Pennsylvania without a license. The 1- to 2-year-old female was declawed and very friendly, leading animal workers to presume it had been a pet.

    It's been transported to a big cat rescue group.