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From CantonRep.com:

Eric Blackshear wasn’t sure what he was going to find when he was called about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to remove a dead animal from the roadway.

As a 17-year veteran of the Canton Street Department, Blackshear has received his share of calls to pick up different animals — coyotes, foxes, one time even a wolverine: “And I thought, ‘yeah, right.’ ”

This time, he was told it was a dead leopard that might have been struck by a vehicle in the 1100 block of Navarre Avenue SW.

“When I hear these things, I still have to go down and check it out and see what it is,” he said.

Indeed, Blackshear found some type of cat, and he brought the animal to The Repository before delivering it to the city service center, where it was to be bagged and eventually disposed of in a landfill.

“It was a beautiful creature,” said Kevin Monroe, the city’s superintendent of public works. “It had been declawed, suggesting it had been someone’s pet.”

Monroe said his crews remove about a half dozen dead animals a day from city streets — usually squirrels, possums and other such critters.

“This created a bit of a stir because it’s an unusual type of cat,” he said. “Everybody wanted to see this one.”

Monroe said his staff notified the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Wildlife and the Stark County Wildlife Association.

The ODNR’s Jamey Graham said it was difficult to tell exactly what type of cat the animal is based on photos emailed to her by The Rep. It could be an African serval, she said.

A serval is a medium size cat that is strong yet slender with long legs and a relatively short tail.

Another expert, Pete Mohan, director of animal operations at the Akron Zoo, also looked at photos and figured the cat is most likely a Savannah — a hybrid between a serval and a domestic house cat.

“There’s actually a Savannah cat breed,” said Mohan. “These cats are typically raised as pets.”

There are several breeders of Savannahs in the Stark County area.

The Akron Zoo has lions, tigers, jaguars and snow leopards, “but nothing closely related to these guys,” Mohan said, explaining that it’s difficult to identify the type of cat with 100 percent certainty without seeing it in person.

I think it’s likely a pure serval, but it could be a savannah with a lot of serval blood.

If you’re going to produce savannahs, you have to have serval or two around.

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