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Declawed serval is on the loose in North Texas

Wildcat on the loose in Collin CountyASSOCIATED PRESSNov. 27, 2009, 7:24PMMcKINNEY — North Texas authorities are looking for a wildcat and want the public's help.The serval is a medium-sized African animal that resembles a cheetah with large ears. It was last seen in the Collin County town of St. Paul.The cat has been declawed and is not believed to pose a danger. But Collin County officials warn that it is a wild animal by nature and may act aggressively if it feels threatened.Anyone who spots the cat should call 911 immediately, and not try Read More

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"Pet" tigers, serval coming to Florida’s DeSoto County

Siberian tigers coming to DeSoto CountyPublished on: Thursday, November 26, 2009DESOTO COUNTY -- Siberian Tigers will soon be at home in DeSoto County.The County Commission Tuesday unanimously approved a development plan for cages and fencing in compliance with Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to house three Siberian Tigers and an African Serval (a small cat species native to Africa). The property is located at 5998 S.W. Smith Ave., approximately one mile south of County Road 760A.Zelph Ridgeway, the agent for property owner Elita Bozeman, told Read More

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Serval, ocelot on "Larry King Live" on CNN

NOTE: Jack Hanna was the guest on 11/25. This is the preliminary transcript, so there are some typos (like "servo" instead of "serval")."KING: And one more in this segment, and it's a servo, am I pronouncing that right?HANNA: Right, servo cat.KING: I wouldn't let him come near me.HANNA: This is a servo cat from Mohr Park College here in California. Larry, this is a servo cat from Africa. You don't see these cats very often. This cat was found up in Egypt.If you ever watched "Discovery" or "National Geographic," you'll see the servo cat drawn on Read More

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The rise of the supercat

The rise of the supercatIn our "bigger-is-better," super-size-me society, it may not come as much of a surprise that demand for designer "supercats" — domestic breeds crossed with larger, exotic African or South American wildcats — is surging skyward.In the United Kingdom, breeders are reporting up to six-month waiting lists for new kittens, despite price tags upwards of 6,000 pounds (more than US$9,500)!According to the Dangerous Wild Animals Act, first generation supercats must be licensed and kept in outdoor cages in the United Kingdom. Subsequent Read More

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‘African Serval’ cat found in Tucson neighborhood

Posted: Sep 24, 2009 9:09 PM EDT Updated: Sep 24, 2009 10:15 PM EDT TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - People outside a Catalina Foothills home couldn't believe their eyes.They thought the big cat looked like an ocelot, which is unheard of in the wild in Arizona. It turns out, they did see something downright rare. A serval that's native to Africa. A man was driving through a Catalina Foothills neighborhood, Wednesday night, and suddenly he spotted it.Fred Thomas says he knew immediately it was not indigenous to Arizona.Thomas says it had beautiful spots and Read More