Wüstenluchs Philipp in the quarantine station of the Nuremberg zoo
Photo: Jörg Beckmann / dpa
A small kitchen in a rented apartment in the Upper Palatinate.
A desert lynx sits on the heating ledge and hisses violently when the local police open the door.
Not a common sight for the officers who drove to the address after an anonymous tip.
Even the owner didn't seem to be completely at ease with her pet.
Looking for a zoo
When the authorities confiscated the big cat almost a week ago, the 44-year-old is said to have seemed a little relieved, reports Barbara Bäumel from the veterinary office in Weiden.
In the woman's apartment, the officers also met a 49-year-old against whom an arrest warrant had been issued.
The man was arrested and taken to the police station.
The confiscated lynx is currently in a branch of the Nuremberg zoo, where it has to spend 30 days in quarantine.
However, it is still unclear where the animal that was given the name "Philipp" will live in the future.
One will try to find a long-term solution through the European Zoo Association, said Jörg Beckmann, the deputy zoo director.
"Not necessarily suitable as a pet"
An anonymous report drew the attention of the authorities in Weiden to the young animal, said veterinarian Barbara Bäumler.
"Philipp" had a dog house and a cozy corner in the kitchen and was not neglected.
The owner nevertheless received a complaint for violating the Animal Welfare Act.
Desert lynx - technically: Caracal Caracal - are not endangered species.
The animal was confiscated because "in our latitudes it is not necessarily suitable as a pet and there are no requirements such as vaccination and approval," said the police to Weiden.
The Nuremberg Zoo is not a sanctuary for lost and found pets.
In the case of this big cat, which could not be housed in an animal shelter, the zoo provided administrative assistance, said Beckmann.
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