Video: Exotic cat missing in Kitty Hawk returned to owner

By on February 15, 2018

An African serval cat that had been missing from a Martins Point home for nearly a month was returned to its owner Tuesday morning.

Wende Pritchard of Kitty Hawk broadcast live video of the cat, named Rocky, roaming her backyard in a local Facebook group, which captured the attention of hundreds of group members and thousands of listeners to the morning shows on 94.5 WCMS and Beach 104.

Rocky was eventually caught in a cage trap and reunited with his owner. The man, who posted in the same Facebook group in January that the cat was missing, has not responded to an interview request.


Serval cats are native to the African grasslands typically found south of the Sahara Desert. And while they have been domesticated by some owners, they are still considered a wild animal by experts.

North Carolina, Dare County and the Town of Kitty Hawk do not have regulations that ban ownership of serval cats.



  • Patty

    It is not surprising the owner declined to be interviewed. This is a wild animal with some subspecies considered endangered. This animal should be free to climb, hunt and live in a natural environment and not be a “owned ” for someone’s ego.

    Thursday, Feb 15 @ 7:31 am
  • Rachel T.

    I have to say I am very disappointed the direction this article took. This story was out for almost a month with daily almost hourly post of sightings of Rocky. This Serval was raised and bottled feed by its owners. It has never been a “wild” cat. As you can tell by the video posted by his owner after he was returned. Yes I am sorry for Wende’s 1 chicken that lost its life but that was at the end of this wonderful cats adventures. No other animals were hurt or attacked. Those of us who watched the post and tried to help were doing so in an effort to reunite the animal with his own. Stepping off the soap box now.

    Thursday, Feb 15 @ 11:27 am
  • Patty

    What you should be disappointed in is the owners who took a wild animal from its parents and country of origin. Why ? Because they could afford too. If the wild cat was happy there it would have returned on its own to them and not have to be recaptured.

    Friday, Feb 16 @ 7:04 am
  • Patty

    IF this family truly cared about animals instead of “showpieces” they could have adopted a homeless cat from the SPCA or feline hope and donated the $5000. They spent on the serval kitten to their local animal shelter.

    Friday, Feb 16 @ 7:26 am
  • Nancy Pelosi

    Just another bleeding heart yankee obx liberal with a unique pet to brag about.

    Hmmmm, maybe one should talk to the US Fish and Wildlife Service about this as they enforce infractons of the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

    1-800-344-WILD…one ring dingy…two rings dingy

    Friday, Feb 16 @ 8:52 am
  • Siobhan

    You all should just mind your own business.
    Keep your opinions to yourselves.
    They did nothing wrong having that animal.
    It’s legal. Period.

    Friday, Feb 16 @ 1:37 pm
  • Patty

    I see you don’t mind your own business by giving your opinion. IT IS CRUEL and also illegal in most Of the United States for such reasons. THey will see more idiots doing this and will have to pass laws making it illegal in North Carolina now too.

    Friday, Feb 16 @ 6:20 pm
  • Patty

    So Siobhan you see nothing wrong with Animals from African-having their parents killed and being put in crates and shipped to other countries to be continuously breed for their entire lives so this family can have a “kitten”? WOW.

    Friday, Feb 16 @ 6:30 pm
  • Siobhan

    Respect the law. Find ways to change it if you feel so passionate. Until then respect the rights of others.

    Friday, Feb 16 @ 7:49 pm
  • Patty

    They used to do this to human beings not long ago. It caused a war due to ignorant minds like yours.

    Saturday, Feb 17 @ 3:53 pm
  • dave

    This is how the python problem happened in Florida; and the snakehead problem in the rivers in Maryland, or the jumping Carp in Illinois, etc. The stupid owners put the rest of us at risk due to their ignorance and insecurity. “Look at me! Notice my (insert exotic animal) or I’ll die!” Tigers rip off owners arms and/or eat them. Pythons and Boa Constrictors strangle kill their owners, pets and other animals.
    These animals don’t belong here….period. Get over yourselves and buy a cat or a dog or goldfish.

    Monday, Feb 19 @ 8:18 am
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