The Serval, the Leaping Wild Cat of Sub-Sahara, Africa.

serval_cat_leapsFound among the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa, the serval looks like a cat on stilts.
Immediately recognizable by its long legs and large, rounded ears, this graceful feline’s stretched-out look is perfectly suited to detecting and pouncing on prey in the tall grass.
Capable of jumping 12 feet into the air, servals can nab fleeing birds in mid-air and get the drop of scurrying small mammals.
And this cat’s genetic legacy isn’t restricted to the savannah.
Cat breeders have created a domestic cat-serval cross called the Savannah cat, and they’ve become accepted enough that The International Cat Association now recognizes them as a championship breed.
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via Ten Amazing Small Wild Cats | Science | Smithsonian.

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