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Very Rare Black Serval Cat Spotted in Kenya

rare black serval cat

Black cats are some of the most controversial animals in the world. People either love them or hate them. Some believe it’s a bad omen, while others consider it a sign of good luck. What’s more stunning than a domestic black cat is a rare black serval cat. Not only that this cat is gorgeous, but it’s also very unique.

rare black serval cat

This is a very unusual animal because it’s a melanistic version of the original serval cat. These cats are native to Africa and this rare black serval cat was spotted by a photographer in Kenya. George Turner, a British wildlife photographer was lucky to find the serval with dark fur. The standard servals usually have a cheetah-like coat with black spots, bands, and stripes.

rare black serval cat

This is not the only black serval cat that has been spotted in Kenya so far. There has been another photographer earlier who managed to capture one in Tanzania. It appears that they are fairly common in East Africa, but very rare in other areas of the world.

But, do you know why these cats are black and not like the standard serval cats? The reason for their dark pigmentation is the genetic condition called melanism. Many other species have this condition and it’s pretty common for different types of felines. The most famous melanistic cats are black panthers. Panther is actually one term for leopards with a dark coat in Africa.

rare black serval cat

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