African servals, exotic cats as pets

Serval Behavior and Temperament
A Solitary Animal?
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An example of antisocial, solitary servals....not!
I have seen references indicating that wild servals are solitary animals although one study noted that males have been observed to display some social behaviour, by resting together during the day (Van Aarde and Skinner 1986).

Realizing that our pet servals are only a few generations removed from their wild counterparts, I find it hard to believe that they have gone from solitary creatures in the wild to highly social creatures forming intense emotional bonds to their human families when raised in captivity. Given that servals have the reputation of bonding intensely to their first owners, then never bonding again if they are placed in a new home, I would guess that they form monogamous pairs, "mating for life." But who am I to argue with research scientists?

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A Solitary Animal?