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Desiree

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DESIREE

Female Serval

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Rescued  10/11/2009

 

Serval Rescue! An African Serval was limping along in the Arizona desert until she collapsed alongside a road.

 

She had almost completely given up the will to live. She was probably a pet or perhaps used in the hybrid breeding scheme that has become all the rage where Servals are bred to domestic house cats to produce Savannah Cat hybrids. The domestic cats are often killed in the process. The kittens sell for thousands of dollars, but when they mature they typically spray and bite and make awful pets. The hybrids are usually discarded by the time they are two or three years old.

 

This Serval was obviously abandoned and was placed by authorities at the Tucson Wildlife Center, a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to native wildlife. Lisa Bates-Lininger the founding president of the Tucson Wildlife Center said, “She was dehydrated and tired and just ready to give up. She may have died last night, but luckily we got her in. We got her emergency treatment, fluids for shock, and she’s also missing a rear leg.”

 

Despite 18 media posts including TV news in Tucson and a post on Craig’s list looking for the owner no one admits to having abandoned this Serval to die in the desert.  Thanks to some very generous supporters the serval was flown to her new permanent home at Big Cat Rescue where she is recovering well.  Servals can live into their late teens and proper care is thousands of dollars each year. Her new 1,200 square foot Cat-a-tat had to be specially modified to accommodate her three legged hopping. It seems that she only recently lost her leg as she has a very difficult time keeping her balance.  We are writing vets in the Tucson area to find out if any of them know what tragedy caused her to lose a limb and to see if there is any way to prosecute those who exposed her to such danger.

 

Sponsor Desiree http://www.bigcatrescue.biz/servlet/the-1166/Serval-Sponsorship/Detail

 

8 Comments

  1. I like her name Desiree also. She's beautiful. Thank you Big cat rescue for what you do!

  2. What a gorgeous furbaby!! Desiree is a fitting name for her, too!! Thank you, to whomever found and saved her. Please continue!!! I hope she recovers and thrives – poor baby girl deserves it, I would think. Go get those stupid jerks who hurt her!!!

  3. Thank you for helping her and taking her in. I think it should if it isn't already against the law for people to bring these animals into the U.S. to use for what ever. These people that did this to her need to be jailed for years.

  4. You guys are awesome in the work that you do! You are heroes to me for providing sanctuary and a good life for these beautiful cats! I salute you.

  5. The States need to ban people from stocking exotics, it is disgusting! Leave the african animals in africa where they belong!!!

  6. I love so beautiful wild life cat!,so sad for her loss a leg hit by road along.. Wow I m feeing bad for her died!,

  7. I love her and hope that you keep her name, Désirée.