An African wild cat is recovering after being captured in a Massachusetts neighborhood, according to a local animal care and adoption center.
MSPCA-Angell Community Outreach team responded to calls from residents on Tuesday who spotted a large cat roaming the neighborhood.
The cat — a serval now nicknamed Bruno — was captured and rushed to the organization’s headquarters for evaluation. Servals are a wild cat native to sub-Saharan Africa and are illegal in Massachusetts except for zoos with the proper permit.
"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,” said Kara Holmquist, Director of Advocacy at the MSPCA-Angell.
The veterinary team discovered a significant injury to the cat's right hind leg, which was broken in two spots. The team is determining the best possible course of treatment, which may, unfortunately, include amputation of the leg, the MSPCA said.
Bruno wore no identification tags and was not microchipped, making it nearly 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 are complete — he is not available for adoption," the MSPCA said.