Ledger is a male Savannah cat (a cross between an African serval and a domestic cat) who arrived at The Wildcat Sanctuary in 2009. He was five years old at the time.
Ledger had been found in a feral cat trap. He’d been kept as a “pet,” but managed to escape from his owner’s house more than six months earlier. The owner said he was not friendly and did not claim Ledger.
When rescue and humane societies were contacted to see if they would accept Ledger, they said they could not. He would have to be euthanized because he was a hybrid and unadoptable. Another sanctuary agreed to take Ledger in, but only temporarily, until he could be sent to us.
This is a story we’ve heard so often with hybrids. Learn more about hybrids and why we do NOT support breeding them.
Life at the Sanctuary
Ledger acted very feral and was terrified to be around humans, but he didn’t seem to mind living with other Savannahs, Chausies and Jungle cats.
He was very thin from being on his own so long. But with a nutritious diet and the proper veterinary care here, this problem was easily solved.
He might come off as stoic and not wanting affection, but he’s developed special friendships. He and Chausie cat Ty have been best buddies for years. Another hybrid, Bengal cat Merlin, also lives with Ty and Ledger.
But how he changed when a female Savannah cat named Lady moved in with the boys. If you’ve seen cartoons with hearts popping out of a character’s eyes, well that was Ledger! We see the two of them playing and he even shares his manger with her. It’s been so much fun seeing this side of Ledger blossom, too.
How You Can Help
Caring for a wild cat for life – even a small hybrid like Ledger – can be quite expensive. Hybrids usually come to us with special needs, genetic and/or medical issues due to their breeding.
Our sponsorship program helps support the cats’ care costs and allows you to form a special bond with them. Would you consider becoming Ledger’s sponsor parent?
Or even a one time donation toward his care would be so appreciated. It’s easy to do using the buttons at the top of this page.
Thank you for caring about the little wild ones, too!