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MSPCA-Angell’s Community Outreach Team Finds Rare African Wildcat in Lincoln!

“Bruno” the Serval is Injured and Receiving Treatment, After Which the Organization will Re-Home Him

BOSTON, Jan. 5, 2022– The MSPCA-Angell’s Community Outreach team responded yesterday to multiple calls from residents of Lincoln, Mass. who spotted a large cat roaming the neighborhood.  It turns out the cat was a Serval, a wild cat native to sub-Saharan Africa that is illegal in Mass. except for zoos with the proper permit.

Said Kara Holmquist, director of Advocacy at the MSPCA-Angell: “It is illegal to own a Serval in Massachusetts and, as with other wild animals, their physical and behavioral needs cannot be met when kept as a pet. This results in harm to the animal, and potential danger to people and other animals.”

The cat, who the MSPCA has now named “Bruno,” was captured and rushed to the organization’s Jamaica Plain headquarters for evaluation.  The veterinary team discovered a significant injury to his right hind leg, which was broken in two spots.

The MSPCA is determining the best possible course of treatment, which may unfortunately include amputation of the leg.

Bruno wore no ID tags and was not microchipped, making it near impossible to identify an owner.  This Serval is as wild as any found in Africa and the MSPCA will look to place him ultimately with a zoo or sanctuary once his treatment and recovery is complete—he is not available for adoption.

The MSPCA is grateful to the residents of Lincoln who left food out for this hungry cat, and who alerted our team to jump in and help.

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Bruno is just one of thousands of animals the MSPCA will care for in 2022—both inside and outside its adoption centers.  Readers who would like to offset the cost of his care—and the care of animals just like him—can click here to make a donation.