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Rare, exotic African cat killed by truck in Canada

Vancouver Island, Canada couple's photo sparks a star-crossed cat-hunt.


Ramon Ramirez


Posted on Dec 15, 2014   Updated on May 29, 2021, 11:37 pm CDT

A rare, African serval cat caught the Web’s attention Monday as a Vancouver Island, Canada couple photographed it trotting down a road—lost and out of place. Tragically, the curious feline appears to have been run over and killed by Sooke, Canada resident, Peter Henry. 

Monday morning, Henry posted its carcass strewn across his truck bed with the caption: “I ran over this exotic serval cat last night … waiting for conservation officers to contact me!! Kinda shocking when it jumped out in front of the truck!”

The rare wild species is sold for as high as $8,000 by breeders. Serval cats are commonly domesticated as pets. However, servals can grow to be about three-feet-tall and have an tendency to get loose—they are illegal in several U.S. states. They’re commonly known to mark their territory, require space to roam, and live about 20 years.

Despite the laundry list of buyer beware traits, servals are admittedly badass luxury items.

Photo via Chris Park/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Dec 15, 2014, 11:59 pm CST