So you are traveling the internet, you stumble across a pic of a little bundle of kitten fur with spots on the web page? Looks like a cheetah? Exotic? You click away on more and more links. You want one, you just have to have one. You visit several web sites, discover the name of the feline is called The African Serval.
In doing rescues and relocates, we are finding there are more Servals in need, due to uneducated owners, who have not been informed or have not done their research in owning an exotic feline. We have discovered neglected and unwanted servals, due to so many irresponsible owners. They get tired of an animal, the animal loses its appeal, they discover the animal is not for them, they lose desire in taking care of it, the newness wares off, they discover the serval is illegal in their area, so many reasons.
Servals are living, breathing felines, with feelings and emotions. They become bonded to their owner. They accept their owner into their pride. They are not commodities, you can just throw away. Have you ever seen a serval being taken away from its family that it has known for all its life? the heartache, the unsurity of its future, scared and not ever fully trusting a human again. That is where the hissy "wild" serval comes in. I have shed so many tears this past year in doing rescues and relocates, that when I am verbally attacked for doing so, because someone did not get a "free" serval because the serval was either confiscated or escaped from its owner, it makes me so aggravated that people's personal feelings get involved. Letís think of the Servals welfare, and put aside our egoís.
Owning a serval is a full commitment. It takes special diet, exotic vet care, and it takes a special person, a breed of their own, who are ready for a life time commitment, in caring for an African Serval.
We do not want to be an owner's easy way out of a situation, to get rid of their serval, we will work with them, teach them and hopefully the serval will stay with them. But the majority of the people, have all ready made up their mind, they just want to get rid of it. How horrible! How horrible that serval must feel! To be thrown out! My heart goes out to every serval that has lost their home and their family due to a human's ignorance and studpidity.
You remain responsible.. Forever...
For what you have tamed.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Many thanks to Sara Comstock for allowing the use of this article on AfricanServal.com. This article is copyrighted 2004 by Sara Comstock. All rights are reserved.