Do servals purr? Yes, they do purr. But don’t expect a purr that sounds exactly like the purr of a domestic cat. It is deeper and richer. Other sounds that they make are: growl, hiss, wah wah call and “a curious ‘swallowed meow’ that seems to signify friendly recognition”. The serval also has a high-pitched chirp according to Wikipedia.
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