Some reports state these animals were shot on the same day, but I think they were shot a week apart judging from the bylines for the accounts I found online.
Vocabulary lesson for this post is ABC, or alien big cat, a large feline running wild in an area it’s not native to. ABC’s are common in the UK, less so in the USA.
Random photo of a serval being kept as a pet.Â If you love servals don’t make them a pet because it’s a smart animal and will get loose and then get shot dead. Then you’ll feel like poo and get in trouble with the law.
Kansas Serval shown above.
Police shoot African cat on loose in Northland
By JAMES HARTÂ |Â The Kansas City StarÂ |Â Â Posted on Fri, Nov. 21, 2008
When Kansas City police responded to a call Thursday about a possible bobcat prowling the Northland, officers soon realized they were dealing with something more exotic.
Try a serval â€” a wild African cat.
Though roughly the same size as Missouri bobcats, they have larger ears and longer tails. And, of course, theyâ€™re from another continent.
Using his rifle, an officer killed the serval Thursday morning in a field near Robin Hood Lane and Northwest Waukomis Drive.
Neighbors had called police that morning, reporting that something was prowling the area, Officer Darin Snapp said. Residents told police they were concerned about the safety of children playing outside.
State wildlife officials also had received calls in recent weeks about the creature and had been trying to trap it without success. Conservation department officials removed the catâ€™s body Thursday.
Itâ€™s not clear where the animal came from, or whether its owner â€” if located â€” would face criminal charges. Snapp said police didnâ€™t know whether the serval was someoneâ€™s pet that had escaped or been released.
Servals have yellowish-brown coats with spots, and they usually reach 30 to 40 pounds. In Africa, the serval sometimes is mistaken for a cheetah or leopard.
The PA serval is shown above.
Exotic cat shot while attacking chickens
Philly.comÂ |Â Thu, Nov. 27, 2008Â |Â By Nancy Petersen Inquirer Staff Writer
An exotic cat that had been roaming around Chester County’s exclusive Radnor Hunt country for the last month was shot and killed as it attacked a flock of chickens in their coop.
The cat, a native of Africa known as a serval, was killed by a farm manager on Tuesday evening after he received permission from authorities at the Pennsylvania Game Commission, according to a release from the agency.
Willistown Township Supervisor Robert Lange said that the animal was a pet owned by the Gansky family of Providence Road in the township.
A woman who answered the phone at the Gansky home and who would not give her name said that Jarrett Gansky, 20, was the pet’s owner. She said that one day the cat, which had been declawed, slipped out the door and took off. She said that Jarrett Gansky had no comment.