Large exotic wild cat caught after roaming metro Atlanta neighborhood

ATLANTA — Residents in a metro Atlanta neighborhood are breathing a sigh of relief after a exotic wild cat was caught after it invaded a family’s home.

A serval, named Nala, was captured Monday after roaming for days in the area of the Capital City Country Club, between Buckhead and Brookhaven.

Last week, a woman in the area said that the wild cat hopped into her bed after her husband left the door open while letting the dog outside to use the bathroom.

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“I hear this thump in my bed. Like something has landed in my bed,” she told Channel 2′s Sophia Choi. “And then it hops off my bed and that’s when I was saying, ‘That’s not a normal house cat.’”

The cat then escaped.

People in the area called Channel 2 Action News to say they were told by the neighborhood association that the cat was captured and “no longer a threat.”

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