VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Rocky the missing exotic cat was caught on camera early Wednesday morning!
A Ring camera in Virginia Beach captured the serval cat that went missing from his home in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina back in October.
The last reported sighting of the cat was in the Shore Drive area more than a month ago.
Cliff Williams shared Ring video of the cat sighting near his home, which is near First Landing State Park.
Virginia Beach Animal Control has been working with Rocky's owner, Brian Hankins, to try and capture him.
There's a GPS tracker on Rocky's collar, but Hankins said the batteries died a few days after he went missing.
Wednesday’s sighting sparked the interest of neighbors in the area once again.
Bernice Sherrod-Dumas, who lives across the street from where Rocky was spotted, was shocked to learn he is still in the area.
“Oh my god, that is amazing,” said Sherrod-Dumas.
Just a few yards away from where Rocky was caught on camera, there's a narrow trail, which appeared to have been formed by wild animals. The path leads to a dense area tucked away on the north side of the park
It’s the same grassy area nestled on the beach where another neighbor, Kate Crespo, said she and her poodle, Rio, came across the large cat.
“I definitely saw him when I was walking up there with Rio,” said Crespo. “[He] cut across and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s a very big cat!’”
Crespo said she thought Rocky had already been found. She assumed the cat she spotted was a feral cat, but after she viewed her neighbor’s surveillance video, she was convinced the cat she saw was, indeed, Rocky.
The recent sightings have neighbors like Cole Williamson on the lookout once again.
“Back in full force,” said Williamson. “I thought it was over with, cause it’s been like two months now.”
It seems Rocky has a mind of his own. After all, he traveled from his home in Kitty Hawk to Virginia Beach, and he’s managed to survive in the wilderness for more than seven months.
“Quite amazing, he works in mysterious ways, doesn’t he?” said Sherrod-Dumas.
So far, the cat seems too quick for everyone involved. Animal Control found the tracks he left behind back in April, but Rocky is always one step ahead.