If you have been following the news or social media lately, you may have heard of the term “cocaine cat”. This is not a reference to a new drug trend or a fictional character, but rather to a real Serval that was found in Cincinnati with cocaine in its system.
What is a Serval?
A serval is a medium-sized wild cat native to Africa. It has long legs, large ears, and spotted fur. Servals are typically shy and elusive, hunting rodents and birds in grasslands and wetlands. They can jump up to 10 feet high and run up to 50 miles per hour.
Servals are not domesticated animals and are illegal to own as pets in Ohio. However, some people still keep them as exotic animals, often without proper permits or care. Servals can be dangerous and unpredictable, especially when stressed or provoked.
How Did “Cocaine Cat” End Up in Ohio?
Some reports allege a man who was arrested for drug trafficking charges had been driving with his girlfriend, and their pet serval when they were pulled over by police for speeding. During the traffic stop, police found cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, marijuana, and cash in the car.
The suspect allegedly fled the scene on foot with his serval on a leash. He managed to evade capture for several hours until he was spotted by a resident who called 911. Police arrived at the scene and arrested him without incident. However, the serval had escaped from its leash, and climbed up a nearby tree. Animal control officers were called to retrieve the cat from the tree using a tranquilizer dart. The cat was then taken to a veterinarian for examination.
How did “Cocaine Cat” test positive for Coke?
The veterinarian who examined the cat found traces of cocaine in its urine. It is unclear how the cat ingested the drug or how much it affected its behavior or health. The veterinarian said that cocaine can cause seizures, cardiac arrest, or death in animals. It alleged that ‘Cocaine Cat’ will be transferred to a Cincinnati area Zoo for further evaluation and treatment, where it will remain in quarantine at the hospital facility until it clears all medical tests.
Why is Cocaine Cat trending now?
Cocaine Cat’s story has gained renewed interest after the release of Cocaine Bear, a movie based on another true story involving drugs and wildlife. In 1985, a black bear died after consuming 40 kilograms of cocaine that were dropped from an airplane by a drug smuggler in Georgia.
The movie stars Elizabeth Banks as Kelly Stevens (a fictional character), who investigates the case along with her partner (played by Ray Liotta). The movie also features Keri Russell as Phyllis Shepherd (a real person), who owned an antique store where she displayed the stuffed remains of Cocaine Bear until 2016.
Cocaine Bear has received mixed reviews from critics but has generated buzz on social media for its absurd premise and title. Some people have compared it to other movies with animal names like Sharknado or Snakes on a Plane.
‘Cocaine Cat’ has also become a meme on Twitter and Reddit where users have made jokes about his escapades, or suggested other potential movie titles featuring animals on drugs such as Meth Gator or Heroin Hawk.