Spartacus the 40-lb. African cat who went missing in New Hampshire reunited with owner

The search for the 40-pound, exotic cat that became a cause celebre after he went missing in Merrimack, N.H., is over.

Spartacus, an African serval cat, was trapped near his home, is in good health and has been reunited with his owner, Merrimack Police said on Saturday.

The cat was reported missing there on Wednesday after running away from his home.

Dean King said his family adopted Spartacus from a Florida zoo four years ago.

Since then, the cat has lived indoors the entire time, spending the days in an enclosure and having the run of the house at night.

Spartacus the 40-pound African cat. Courtesy of Merrimack Police.

The family owns the cat legally and has a permit from the state’s department of fish and game, police said.

“The dog didn’t want to come in last night. So my wife opened the front door,” King said. “The dog and the cat spooked each other, and off he went.”

The family spent much of the night searching for Spartacus in the woods near their home.

Police received a call from someone who reported seeing the cat a few miles away, and the family put out a trap with live baby chickens.

“We’re devastated,” King said before Spartacus was found. “Hopefully, he comes back.”

Photos showed the cat is tawny in color with dark spots and has long ears.

“He may come when called but tends to be skittish around strangers,” Merrimack Police wrote in a Facebook post.

Police had asked anyone who saw the cat to report him to the dispatcher.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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