A guest’s view of the lesser-published serval

Serval, by Shaun Raine

Serval, by Shaun Raine

This week’s video clip is the final installment in the trio of clips shared with us by Winfried Simon – guest of ours at Rattray’s on MalaMala in October 2011.

Today we look at one of the lesser-published creatures – the serval.

Per Wikipedia, ‘The serval is a medium-sized cat, measuring 59 to 92 centimetres (23 to 36 in) in head-body length, with a relatively short, 20 to 38 centimetres (7.9 to 15 in) tail, and a shoulder height of about 54 to 66 centimetres (21 to 26 in). Weight ranges from about 7 to 12 kilograms (15 to 26 lb) in females, and from 9 to 18 kilograms (20 to 40 lb) in males. DNA studies have shown that the serval is closely related to the caracal.’

Said Winfried, “At the end of our first evening game drive we saw a serval searching for something to eat. We never met one before and it was the perfect surprise for us to meet this beautiful little cat.”

Thank you Winfried for sharing your footage with us!

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