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A 5-week-old serval kitten has been rescued and is currently being cared for by the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital; the team have shared her meal plan along with adorable images.


Johannesburg, South Africa (03 May 2021) – The Serval is a fascinating wild animal that always leaves us in awe. The long-legged wild cat is such a beauty and quite a rare sight too!

Did you know the serval has the longest legs compared to other wild cats? They live for over 20 years and are one of the few cats found in the wild that purr. These stunning creatures are mostly solitary, coming together only when it is the mating season or when being raised by their mother.

A 5-week-old kitten was found alone, and it became evident that it would not be reunited with its mother. The serval kitten was taken to the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital to be treated. The vets are currently feeding her eight times a day using a special formula to ensure she grows well.

Once the kitten is old enough, she will be moved onto solids and moved to a soft release site before being released back into the wild. This will take several months and many delicious meals.

“We currently have a Serval kitten (Leptailurus serval) in our care. While we would have loved to reunite her with her mother, this was unfortunately not possible. Being around 5 weeks old, she is still enjoying her special milk formula, but should begin to explore other food items soon too.

On an optimal diet, #OneMeal costs R16. Feeding eight times a day, that’s a whopping R128 daily! We’d love it if you’d consider contributing to her care.” – Johannesburg Wildlide Vet

For this reason, the veterinary hospital launched their One Meal initiative to help feed all their little patients until they are strong enough for soft release. By breaking down their dietary costs into one meal, people can easily forgo a coffee to provide one meal to an animal in need.

The Johannesburg Wildlife Vet’s feeding programme is called “One Meal“, and it allows the public to support their various rescues by paying for one meal.

You can make a donation via direct deposit using the details below or find other ways via their website here. The vet treats indigenous animals free of charge, relying solely on the donations and support of their community.

​​Johannesburg Wildlife NPC
FNB Cheque account
Account: 62658400264
Branch Code: 255355
​Swift code: FIRNZAJJ

Or via SnapScan:

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