CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Rocky, the missing African Serval Cat, was spotted in a Chesapeake neighborhood this week.
Melissa Iwaniec captured a picture of the exotic feline in her backyard off of Kathy’s Way. The neighborhood is close to the Dismal Swamp.
13News Now talked with Iwaniec’s father, George Gernat, who is visiting the family from Connecticut.
“We just finished our breakfast,” said Gernat. “All of a sudden, my daughter started yelling to look out the back.”
They didn’t know it at the time, but it was the latest spotting in a months-long search across two states and several cities.
Rocky vanished from his home near Kitty Hawk, N.C. in October.
He was last seen on Ring camera footage near First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach two weeks ago.
On Rocky's collar, there is a GPS tracker, but his owner said the battery died in the device shortly after he first went missing.
Rocky is usually friendly, according to his owner. However, he has now spent months in the wild.
If you’re wondering how he has been able to survive, the Serval Cat is considered to be the most successful hunter among Africa’s wild cats.
Your best advice if you see him is to call animal control.