Desperate Owner Offers Lion-Sized $20,000 Reward for Lost Rare Cat

Bentley, a rare Savannah cat, has been missing for more than a week.

A Southern California cat owner is willing to pay $20,000 for the return of her lost feline.

Bentley, a 6-month-old Savannah breed, disappeared from his Marina del Rey condo more than a week ago. Initially, his owner offered a $5,000 reward. Then she upped it to $7,500. As of Wednesday, it stood at $20,000.

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The Savannah is a rare hybrid breed crossing a domestic cat with a serval — a medium-sized wild African feline. They can cost as much as $22,000, according to the F1Hybrids Savannahs website, and are larger than a standard house cat.

Bentley's owner has declined interviews and did not immediately return a phone message left by Her neighbors told KCBS-TV the reward has drawn crowds of searchers. The owner has also hired search dogs, but Bentley remains at large.

He has been declawed, and is therefore at risk of not being able to fend for himself outdoors.

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The black-and-brown-spotted pet escaped from his owner's balcony and has been spotted twice in the affluent seaside community, but ran off both times, neighbors said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 310-299-7905.

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