How do you react to these pictures of a serval toying with a white rabbit? When I first saw the pictures about 2 years ago I thought it would be better if I didn’t publish them because some visitors might find them upsetting. I have changed my mind because I think they might start a an interesting discussion. Anyway, I hope so.
Although I don’t know the circumstances that resulted in this serval playing with the rabbit, I do know that the pictures were taken at A1 Savannahs, Oklahoma, by Kathrin Stucki. You can see the enclosure that the serval lives in. The serval would quite possibly be a breeding cat. I have been in an enclosure with these servals.
They are large cats the size of a large dog. Breeding servals are neither domesticated nor wild. If you are in an enclosure with them, they are slightly intimidating to greatly intimidating, depending on your personality. They are used to having people around but they hiss a lot at you and spray you copiously! Well that is what happened to me and it is to be expected.
I am certain that nothing unethical took place because Kathrin and Martin, her husband, set high standards. The encounter between serval and rabbit may have been an accident. Perhaps something went wrong. I don’t know.