SERVAL by request
A medium-sized African wild Cat. DNA analysis indicates servals descend from the same ancestor as the lion, but share common traits with the Cheetah. The African Golden Cat and Caracal are closely related and may have branched by cross-breeding.
Length — 85-112 cm (33-44 in), plus 30-50 cm (12-18 in) of tail,
Shoulder height — 54-66 cm (21-26 in)
Females — 9 to 16 kg (20-35 lbs)
Males — 12 to 26 kg (26-57 lbs) in males
Life expectancy— 12–16 years in the wild, 20–25 years in captivity
This strong, slender animal, has long legs and a shortish tail. The head is small in relation to the body, and the tall, oval ears are set close together. The fur pattern is black spots on tawny, with 2 or 4 stripes from the head transitioning into spots.
Servals have historical relevance in Africa. They are kept as exotic pets in North America and Europe. However, they develop an intense bond to their original owners. choosing one member of the family with which to bond. Servals do not easily accept new owners or surroundings. For this reason, serval owners must be willing to house and keep the serval for its entire life. In the USA, owning a serval in most states requires special licensing from local, State, and Federal agencies. In other words, just don’t do it. Really.
Cheetah with hackles raised