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Mystery surrounds exotic cat that has tested positive for cocaine

By T.K. Randall
March 9, 2023 · Comment icon 10 comments

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.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 12 days ago
They screened it for cocaine?  You have to actually test for that kind of thing it wasn't just some random tox screen and you would not normally test a big cat for coke so it must not be too big a mystery of how it got in it's system.  They know something they didn't tell the press.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Eldorado 12 days ago
I was expecting the 'exotic cat' to be a snow leopard.
Comment icon #3 Posted by flying squid 12 days ago
Poor animal. It must have met Keith Richards while it strolled down the street.
Comment icon #4 Posted by EBE Hybrid 12 days ago
I guess it must have gotten a little higher than expected, to require rescuing from the top of a tree 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Nicolette 12 days ago
I was wondering the same thing. Just watched cocaine bear maybe they did too.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Myles 11 days ago
Was it any good?   I heard good things about it if you watch it knowing it is not supposed to be factual.       
Comment icon #7 Posted by Michelle 11 days ago
It is actually loosely based on a true story. https://variety.com/2023/film/news/cocaine-bear-true-story-1235533218/
Comment icon #8 Posted by Myles 11 days ago
Thanks.  I more meant to take the movie for what it is.   A wild action packed movie with special effects.
Comment icon #9 Posted by fred_mc 11 days ago
I'm also wondering how they got the idea to test the cat for cocaine. It's not very normal to test cats for cocaine I think.
Comment icon #10 Posted by HollyDolly 11 days ago
Don't know, unless, the cat was exhibiting behaviour similar to that of a human who does cocaine. Big guess how it got it. Either A.the owner, or B. a friend of the owner who thought it was hilarious to get the cat high, just like if some buddy got your dog drunk.

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