If You Lost a Serval, One Was Found in Missouri

A farmer in Missouri spotted a "crazy-looking cat" several times over about six months. He also noticed feathers and bones, evidence that the cat had been hunting. The farmer set out a live trap and eventually caught it. The family kept the cat in the trap cage and fed it venison. They took it to a local veterinarian, who declared the cat to be a female African serval. The doctor scanned the serval but found no microchip. You have to wonder how a small animal or livestock veterinarian reacted to someone bringing in a serval! Local authorities referred the farmer to Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The refuge is already home to rescued big cats (including some that had previously belonged to Tiger King Joe Exotic) and a few servals.   

Staff from the refuge traveled a couple of hours to pickup the serval, who was still being kept in the live trap, since the farmer had no other cage big enough for her. The still-unnamed serval was lodged at the refuge's veterinary hospital, and later anesthetized for a complete medical workup and treatment. They treated an infected toe and amputated the tip of her frostbitten tail. A serval's native habitat never gets as cold as a Missouri winter, and this one was lucky to survive. You can keep up with the serval's progress at Turpentine Creek's Facebook page. -via Gizmodo

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