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African wild cat on the loose in Sooke

It’s the fourth serval — a kind of African wild cat — to go on the lam on the Island in recent months. The first three were safely recaptured.

Another serval is missing in Sooke — the fourth to go on the lam on the Island in recent months. The first three servals, a kind of African wild cat, were safely recaptured.

Two got out of their outdoor enclosure near Nanaimo, while another from Brentwood Bay escaped but walked into her crate while her owner was nearby.

In the latest incident, the two-year-old female, called Ophelia, has been missing since 3 p.m. on Sunday from the 7700 block of West Coast Road in Sooke.

She was last seen at 7708 Sooke Rd., the animal-finding group ROAM said on its website.

Ophelia is described as golden-coloured with yellow spots and very tall. She is not wearing a collar.

She has been with her owner for two years, ROAM said.

Barb Mah, an administrator at ROAM, warned anyone who sees the cat not to approach it, since the animals are timid.

Instead, they should call ROAM, which will get in touch with the owner — the person the cat is most likely to trust, Mah said. “Hopefully we will get her quickly.”

In the meantime, Mah urged people in the area to keep an eye on their cats and ensure their dogs are leased. Servals are timid but can catch small animals.

Anyone with information can call ROAM at 778-977-6265 or 778-977-6260.

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