A CAT dubbed the Beast of Billionaires’ Row has savaged a kitten as it stalks one of Britain’s wealthiest streets.
The creature, thought to be a 20lb Savannah hybrid, has spooked residents of the super-posh North London neighbourhood.
Concerns led to armed police and a helicopter being scrambled after the animal was seen near The Bishops Avenue by Hampstead Heath this week.
Kate Blackmore, who lives close by in Highgate, is certain it killed her kitten and left dead pigeons in her garden.
The 35-year-old PA, who owns two Bengal cats, thinks the beast could be hiding out in abandoned mansions. She is convinced it is the same cat that also terrorised a mum in her garden in September.
Kate said: “We have had ten visits from the Savannah. It scared one kitten away and eight weeks later it was found dead.
“So you can understand my rage towards the cat — it could be killing other people’s pets.”
Extremely rare first generation Savannah hybrids can sell for £5,000 and require a special licence.
Police say this week’s search was called off after a “visual assessment” concluded it was no danger to the public.
- Savannah cats are a controversial breed between a domestic cat and a Serval, a wild African cat.
- The breed began in the mid 1980s and have become popular pets as well as featuring in private zoos.
- Savannah cats are tall, slim, and long-legged cat but their general size relies on how close they are to the first generation that was bred. Male Savannah cats tend to be larger than females.
- They are known for being sociable and can get on well with children and even other animals.
- Savannahs cann be trained to walk on a lead, play fetch, and even sometimes perform tricks.
- In the UK it is not legal to own a Serval or a first generation Savannah cat.
- The RSPCA has also expressed some concern about the affect that the Savannah cat may have on the natural wildlife of the UK due to the cat’s keen hunting instincts.
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