I believe that this is unique in the UK: a serval as a pet. The family lives in Oldham in Greater Manchester. There are two young children, Sienna and Brandon, one of whom is shown in the photo below.
The serval’s name is Anubis. He was 11 weeks old in May when he was adopted.
They have built an outdoor enclosure for their serval and have CCTV to monitor him. The picture shows a small backyard. I hope that this is not the so called enclosure because it is inadequate.
I also hope the cat is not declawed. They frequently are because they are strong cats with large claws.
RELATED: Servals as pets.
Many servals are abandoned by their owners because they prove to be unacceptable as pets for various reasons one of which is that they spray urine. After all this is a medium sized wild cat from Africa.
They can be tamed or domesticated to a certain extent. But they can be a bit scary. My personal view is that they are not suitable as pets. They are too wild and too large. They need a massive amount of stimulation in order to be satisfied.
The family will have applied for and received a license under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 as I understand it. You need a license in the UK for this sort of animal.
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