An African wild cat of the Serval species has gone missing in Kapsalos, Limassol, police said on Friday.
According to police, it resembles a cat – though larger, with an approximate length of 60 to 90 cm and height 20 to 45 cm – and has black-spotted yellow fur.
The exotic cat has a passport, meaning it was imported legally, and is owned by a Russian national who is a permanent resident of Cyprus, police said.
The police are asking anyone with information that may assist in locating the animal to either contact the Limassol Minor Offences department or call 112 or 1460.
The Green party expressed its displeasure over the escape, saying there was a legal gap regarding the importation of exotic animals.
“There cannot be uncontrolled importation of animals without taking into consideration the dangers for public health and the environment,” the party said, urging the government to act on the matter immediately.