The cat is said to be doing well. Image Credit: Cincinnati Animal Care
Authorities are attempting to determine how an injured serval wild cat found in Ohio had the illicit drug in its system.
Typically native to Africa, the animal - named Amiry - was found by animal control wardens who had been responding to reports of a "leopard" in Oakley.
The large cat, which reportedly suffered a broken leg during efforts to remove it from the top of a tree, is now being looked after by Cincinnati Animal Care (CAC).
"Our initial thought was the cat was a hybrid F1 Savannah, which is legal to own in Ohio, but our expert was pretty certain Amiry was a serval, which is illegal to own," the animal shelter's community engagement manager Ray Anderson told WLWT.
The strangest thing about the incident, however, was that the feline tested positive for cocaine.
"Now, we can't say how the animal got the cocaine in the system," said Anderson.
"I don't know if it was environmental or experimental."
The cat's owner, who has not been charged, is reportedly co-operating with officials, but so far no explanation for the narcotics found in its system has been forthcoming.
On the plus side, the shelter has since reported that the feline is recovering well.
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