Mississippi facility adds 3 African servals

Zoo adds 3 African servals

Associated Press – December 31, 2009 11:44 AM ET

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) – Three African servals have gone on display at the Hattiesburg Zoo this week.

The three – 7-year-old siblings – were acquired from Florida about a month ago. The servals went on display at the zoo Monday.

Zoo curator John Wright tells the Hattiesburg American that Alexander, Cleopatra and Caesar – as they are named – are being exhibited in the African section with the zoo’s existing serval, Ricky.

Servals are medium-sized cats with long legs for jumping and small heads with large eyes and ears. The cats have yellow-brown coats adorned with black spots and stripes.

Wright says the agile cats can jump up to 10 feet in the air.

Information from: Hattiesburg American, http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

http://www.wlox.com/Global/story.asp?S=11752838

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