SPCA will do an autopsy on serval found in Jozi CBD

2014-12-05 11:41

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Commuters and pedestrians in Johannesburg’s busy Von Wielligh Street had an unusual start to their day: a dead serval.

The large wild cat’s body was just outside the Marble Tower Building in Joburg’s CBD.

The Joburg Metro Police and the SPCA were called to the scene.

Earlier in the week, City Press and other media houses ran a story about a serval that had escaped from the Rietvlei Nature Reserve near Pretoria.

The animal was last spotted four days ago crossing the R21, and although it’s not been confirmed that this is the same serval, it seems likely.

The SPCA told City Press today that the animal may have died at least two days ago. Its only visible wound was a head injury. The SPCA will conduct an autopsy to establish the cause of death.

Servals feed on birds and rats and are most commonly found in sub-Saharan Africa.

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