A man named James Brown from the UK took a chance to buy a cat from a Russian organization, but did not get what he expected.
James is a Londoner and a big animal lover. For a very long time, the guy had a dream to acquire an unusual cat of an exotic breed. Brown decided to go in search of the animal on the Internet, where he stumbled upon a Russian company selling exotic pets.
After talking with the company’s specialists, James finally decided on the future pet. The company offered him a Bengal cat, which the customer immediately liked. She was distinguished by an unusual appearance – short hair, exotic color, large paws and ears.
The man agreed on a deal and began to expect his new friend. Having received a cat, the owner was insanely happy – she is exactly the one he was looking for. So he thought at first. But after a few months, doubts began to creep in James, is it really a Bengal cat?
Some unusual changes, both external and internal, began to occur with his pet. The paws and ears of the animal have become too large for the cat, and the behavior has become somehow predatory and even aggressive …
Everything was finally cleared up when Brown was contacted by Animal Welfare Services. They sent James a subpoena for possession of a wild animal. It turned out that the guy was not sold a Bengal cat, but a serval – a wild and, moreover, a rare animal of the feline family.
In the UK, keeping such an animal is allowed only in a cage, but not at home. In addition, a license was required to introduce the Serval into the country. And, since James did not know what kind of “pig in a poke” was slipped to him, he broke all these rules.
One way or another, the trial took place and, unfortunately, not in favor of Brown. The man was fined £ 5,000 and the animal was taken to a specialized institution. To pay off, James almost had to sell his house.
This whole story especially surprised the city council, which wondered how the serval had ever been transported across the border. This is, first of all, unsafe, and besides, it is punishable.