African cat caught in Longview neighborhood

LONGVIEW, Wash. – Some residents in a Longview neighborhood thought a cheetah was on the loose when they saw a large spotted cat showing up on backyard decks.

Cowlitz Humane Society Director Rick Johnson told The Daily News of Longview it was an African serval. The 35-pound cat was on the loose for about a week before an animal control officer caught it Sunday in a trap baited with cat food.

The cat named Rajah is owned by a Longview woman, but it was quarantined Monday at the Humane Society.