by Brandon Mercer

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (CBS SF) — An exotic hybrid cat possibly valued at several thousand dollars was discovered roaming an East Bay backyard by KPIX 5 television anchor Ken Bastida.

Bastida told, “I live near Mt. Diablo and see mountain lions and bobcats all the time… this is different.”

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Bastida confirmed with experts that the cat is likely a very large “super cat” derived from breeding a domestic house cat with an up to 40-pound African serval to create a designer breed known as a “Savannah.”

The anchor took to social media and Craigslist to try to find the rightful owner of the full-grown female, adding that it appears she may have recently given birth.

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He’s seen the animal for the past few weeks, being elusive, but not elusive enough to evade his camera. She is not wearing a collar, and is very large compared to a house cat.

Savannah’s have been described as a “super cat” for their size and behavior, which often includes characteristics more typical of a dog, including being trained to walk on a leash, fetching, and following an owner in a display of loyalty.

Prices from breeders can start at several thousand dollars.

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(Ken Bastida)

(Ken Bastida)