A serval far from home had been “repeatedly spotted” in a Massachusetts town when rescuers finally received a call.
After “days of communication,” a resident of Lincoln, located about 20 miles west of Boston, told the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – Angell Animal Medical Center that the exotic cat had gone. lost in their garden, the group wrote. on Facebook on Wednesday, January 5.
“We immediately hit the road to see if we could capture and help this cat,” wrote the MSPCA.
Rescuers were able to capture the serval, now named Bruno, and return him to their hospital for x-rays and treatment, the group wrote. They said he was thin and had a “badly broken leg” that was several months old.
They don’t know how long he’s been wandering outside.
Bruno quickly gained fans on social networks. Facebook users flooded the comments section of the group’s post with concerns and questions about his condition. As of Sunday, January 9, more than 4,500 people had liked the post.
In response, the MSPCA shared updates about Bruno on their page.
On January 6, the group posted videos of Bruno having a snack outside and having breakfast before taking a nap.
But rescuers reminded residents that Bruno is not up for adoption. Instead, they’re working with the state’s Fisheries and Wildlife Division to find him a sanctuary to call home.
âBruno is a beautiful wild cat, so we can understand that people want to own him, but it is illegal to own a serval in Massachusetts,â they wrote. “It is also illegal to own an unlicensed hybrid, or a cat that has a serval parent.”
The group wrote that servals need “specialist care” and “belong to their original habitat.”
âIf you end up owning an exotic animal that you can no longer care for, PLEASE don’t abandon the animal or ‘release it’,â the group wrote. “Contact MassWildlife or us for help!” “
Servals are native to more than 35 African countries, according to the African Wildlife Foundation. They are common in savannas with “a lot of water”.
âThey prefer areas of bushes, tall grass and dry reed beds near streams, but they are also found in high-altitude heathlands and bamboo thickets,â the foundation said. “They are found in most parts of Africa, with the exception of equatorial central Africa, the extreme south of the continent and the Sahara region.”
They are carnivorous and “eat a wide variety of prey including rodents, birds, reptiles, frogs and insects.”
“Medium-sized” cats typically weigh between 19 and 40 pounds and are up to 23 inches long, depending on the foundation. They can live up to 23 years.
The MSPCA said they plan to have updates on Bruno’s treatment and placement soon.