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The Serval (Leptailurus serval) is a wild cat native to Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite being a wild cat, servals are often kept as pets in North America and Europe, however a permit is needed. Savannahs are suggested as an alternative to servals.
Servals grow to 23 to 36 inches and have a yellow or brown (or, occasionally white) fur covered in spots that enlarge on or near the legs and tail. Their ears are black with a pair of white spots. Exact appearance can vary through the servals many subspecies.
Personality and Temperament
Servals are wild and will eat many animals they come across, they will also nip young children and are not lap cats, nor do they usually want to be petted. Servals will tend to bond to a certain person in their human family, and will not take being separated lightly.
Recently some cat-owners have once again become interested in servals, and in 1986 this produced the Savannah cat breed.