Rocky, the serval cat from Martins Point, is on the run again

By on October 27, 2018

UPDATE: Rocky might have been spotted in Virginia Beach »

Rocky, an African serval cat, is on the run again. (Courtesy photo)

Rocky, the African serval cat known across the Outer Banks for his frequent escapes, has vanished again.

The exotic feline went missing this week from his owner’s home in Martins Point, about six months after his last breakout, which lasted several months.

Rocky was last seen early Saturday morning on Duck Woods Drive in Southern Shores, captured on a resident’s surveillance camera.

Serval cats weigh up to 40 pounds and are native to African grasslands typically found south of the Sahara Desert. They are considered the most successful hunters among Africa’s wildcats, with a success rate of close to 50 percent.

As pets, serval cats are known as extraordinary escape artists, according to Big Cat Rescue, and most are surrendered by their owners as they reach maturity.

North Carolina is among a handful of states that doesn’t regulate ownership of many exotic species. Dare County also does not regulate the ownership of serval cats.

After Rocky’s last escape, which ended in April when he was trapped, he was fitted with a tracking collar. It’s unclear if he was wearing the collar when he escaped, or if the collar is working.

Anyone who sees Rocky is asked to report the sighting to Lost and Found Pets Currituck and OBX.

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  • Thom Duck

    Run Rocky run…………………..

    Saturday, Oct 27 @ 3:10 pm
  • Local

    Why is this guy allowed to still have this animal??? It gets lose and threatens all small pets and children within a 50 mile range. Why will the county not do anything about it? The owner seems to not care about protecting it.

    Saturday, Oct 27 @ 9:33 pm
  • Morey Lewis

    Rocky dat dude! Like Rod Stewart said…..Young hearts stay free tonight!!! Time is on your side!

    Sunday, Oct 28 @ 12:18 pm
  • hightider

    So this cat which is bigger than many bobcats is a habitual runaway. It is ridiculous there are no laws prohibiting an exotic pet in an urban area where it can wreak havoc. Keep your domestic cats and medium to small dogs indoors unless you are serving lunch. The owner should be ashamed but probably feels self-entitled.

    Sunday, Oct 28 @ 12:29 pm
  • OBX Resident

    This is a serious concern people. These repeated escspes of a dangerous predator is not ok. Why are many (small children and pets) made unsafe in their own back yards because of this person’s choice / privilege? What would happen if this super predator got a summer renter’s small child? Is this what it would take to get action? My word to Rocky’s owner is, RESPONSIBILITY. You will be held responsible, legally and morally.

    Monday, Oct 29 @ 12:16 pm
  • Ron

    As usual a bunch on our fellow residents are Horrified by Rocky’s possible intent to eat children and pets. Give me a break. Serval cats in Africa subsist on insects and birds. Rocky is NOT an African leopard.These residents are probably part of the same demographic that wants to have every alligator in Dare County shot.

    Tuesday, Oct 30 @ 10:12 am
  • Angel

    Where do you people get your information? If you are not a chicken or an ice cube, Rocky has no interest. A bee is a bigger threat to people than this cat.

    Tuesday, Oct 30 @ 11:03 pm
  • CJ

    Ron: Serval cats are wild animals not meant to be house pets. Please do some research. If they are declawed, none of the serval cat rescues will take them. So if the owner no longer wants them, they are put down. Servals will, and have, killed local chickens and small animals. Some states have laws outlawing serval cats as pets. Clearly, this owner cannot keep this so-called pet from escaping his home, with everything that he/she has tried to do. Servals want to hunt and be outdoors and not inside as pets. They can actually pounce from far away and smother their prey. SERVALS SHOULD NOT BE PETS – for the animal, the owners and their neighbors!

    Tuesday, Oct 30 @ 11:33 pm
  • Deb

    Rocky needs a new home with much more diligent owners.

    Wednesday, Oct 31 @ 4:15 am
  • surf123

    I don’t blame the cat for escaping. Pets are all being held captive by their owners and have no say in whether they want to live with the family who “owns” them.

    CJ if you are worried about killing start by rounding up all outdoor cats who by nature hunt prey as well with most of it being birds.

    Wednesday, Oct 31 @ 9:29 am
  • Kit Hawker

    surf123: You make a general statement which doesn’t differentiate between domestic pets and exotic animals; how do you imagine domestic pets are being held captive? If that were true, they’d all bail whenever the door was opened! However, I agree with you about exotics… they should be left in the wilds.

    Wednesday, Oct 31 @ 3:42 pm
  • Angel

    Rocky was my Baby. Always by my side, would have never gotten out. There are extra things that need to be done when you have such a precious creature. Believe me, when I found out my boy was out back in January, his Dad was lucky I’m 5000 miles away. A few small changes can be made and this would never be an issue. Of all people I originally wanted him to go to someone else, but when it comes down to it, he is always going to be happier with his Dad and his dog. I still say he’s escaping to come find me. Servals usually only bond with one or two people. You fools are worried about “small children”? Why don’t you look at lil Lassie next door. A chihuahua is more dangerous than Rocky. I’d even be more concerned about getting bitten by a hamster than that cat. If you are not a chicken, ice cube or a sock, you’re pretty safe.

    Thursday, Nov 1 @ 2:47 am
  • Nf

    I’m sorry that you couldn’t keep your baby. Can someone help with the tile app?it won’t activate without a device.

    Monday, Nov 5 @ 1:23 pm