Couple Pay Thousands For Savannah Cat, Later Find Out They’ve Been Sold A Tiger

A couple from France were shocked after paying 6,000 euros ($7,300) for a ‘Savannah cat,’ only to receive a tiger cub instead.

They paid for the kitten upon delivery as they failed to notice that instead of being a Savannah cat, it was a Sumatran tiger.

It took a few days for them to notice, and when they did. they immediately called the police.


A French couple who bought a 'Savannah cat' for 6,000 euros (£5,450) were shocked after they were given a tiger cub instead. The unidentified pair, from the port city of Le Havre, Normandy, paid for the kitten upon delivery after spotting an online ad. (Above, stock image of a Savannah cat)

Savannah cats are listed as an acceptable pet whereas a tiger is not and is protected by the CITES treaty (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species).

The pair failed to notice for a few days that rather than being a Savannah - a cross between a wild Serval and a domestic cat - it was, in fact, a Sumatran tiger, and contacted the police. (Above, stock image of a Sumatran tiger)

Nine suspects have been arrested on suspicion of trafficking a protected species as well as being involved in organized crime.

The couple paid the seller upon delivery after not noticing that the cat was not a Savannah cat, despite obvious differences.


While a Savannah is listed as an acceptable pet, the tiger is not - and is protected by the CITES treaty (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), which means it cannot even be transported without paperwork. (Pictured, a Sumatran tiger and her cub)

The Sumatran tiger is a protected species and private ownership is prohibited.

The tiger was in good health when it was seized and was entrusted to the French Biodiversity Office who gave it a new home.

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Joe Kahlo

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