An apparent wild cat who has been “terrorising” one of the UK’s most exclusive streets has been caught on camera.
The animal has been dubbed the ‘Beast of Billionaire’s Row’, after it was seen on The Bishops Avenue in north London – home to several mansions.
Despite police saying the cat – thought to be a Savannah hybrid – is not a danger, resident Kate Blackmore, who lives in nearby Highgate, claimed it has been “terrorising” local pets.
She also accused it of killing her kitten, Bella, saying: "We have had 10 visits from the Savannah cat. It scared one of my kittens away. That was three months ago, and the kitten didn't come back.
"Eight weeks later the kitten was found dead on the road. I have been looking for the Savannah cat for months now. It's terrorising the neighbourhood.”
However, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police, who were called to a recent sighting, said the cat was “not a threat to the public”.
They added: "An animal expert attended and visually assessed the cat.
"Their conclusion was that the animal was a hybrid, namely a cross-breed of a domestic cat and a Savannah cat.
“The expert opinion was that this animal was not dangerous and not a threat to the public.”
The spokesperson said the expert sourced by Kent Police said it had a "very small percentage of Savannah", and it posed no other danger than a house cat, adding: "It's not a danger to the public."
Mystery surrounds the cat – a Savannah hybrid – as no-one has claimed to be its owner.
Extremely rare first generation Savannah hybrids, known as F1s, can sell for £5,000 and require a special licence.
Second and third generations, while still extremely pricey and costing thousands, do not require a licence and have gained popularity on social media platforms such as Instagram.
Savannah cats are characterised by their large bodies, long necks, triangular heads, and wide ears.
A first generation is a crossbreed with a domestic cat and an African serval, and in each following generation the serval is reduced.
A resident on The Bishops Avenue, who gave their name as Laura, said: ”It's either back with its owner or it's bound to be on the Heath by now.
"I'm convinced it's probably better off living in the wild somewhere.
"Big animals like that shouldn't be pets.”