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Chasing Tails by Mouselemur Chasing Tails by Mouselemur
Photo taken in August, 2016 @ ZieZoo Volkel, The Netherlands

One of the young Servals at play with his parents :P
Even though their tails are relatively short, doesn't mean that a kitten's fascinating with it's movement counts any less for a young Serval. His parent actually let him play with it, without making much of a fuss about it. The best kind of parent, if you ask me :)

Species: Serval

Latin name: Leptailurus Serval

Originiates from Africa.

Current status: Least Concern

 Did you know: 

…DNA studies have shown that the Serval is closely related to the African Wild Cat, and the Caracal.

…Its long legs make it able for the Serval to achieve a top speed of 80 km/h (50 mph).

…The white spots on the back of the Serval’s ears are called “ocelli” and are used to signal kittens when hunting.

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:iconmajikkanbeingsunite:
MajikkanBeingsUnite Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Infinite squee!!!!!!!!! :squee:
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hihi, they're really too cute at this age and size :meow:
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Darth-Marlan Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Professional Photographer
Definitely a cutey :aww:

I caught this Serval by Darth-Marlan on my latest trip, but it was more luck than skill on this occasion, as I just happened to see it as we were driving past and swung the camera around onto it... caught one more a second later than this shot, but wasn't as good :(
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow, that is amazing!
My sister has been to South Africa for a month, and she didn't see them at all. You are very lucky indeed!
The depth of field with the grass and the cat makes him stand out, even though it's a split-second capture :)
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Darth-Marlan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Professional Photographer
:aww: This one was in Nairobi National Park. We went on a early morning game drive and saw lots of cool critters, but this one was certainly a bonus.
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
Such a wonderful photo of this young Serval!
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:iconmouselemur:
Mouselemur Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :heart:
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You're right! That's the best kind of parents around! :) 
... Apparently fox parents (specially the dads) will let their kits play and fight with them... and chase their tails around. I guess there are a lot of pretty nice parents out there in the animal world! :)
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
There really are :nod:

When I took this photo:
East of the Sun by Mouselemur
The mother didn't really like the father getting too close to her babies, but the little cubs paid their Mom no attention when they trundled up to the big dad. He let them play with his tail, his mane and run over him. It's really amazing :aww:
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SinistrosePhosphate Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Most people talk about motherly instincts and all... but I think the animal dads really get a bad reputation. Some of them can be so very nice! :) 
And this serval dad really showed the doubters what he's all about! Cat dad can be just as nice as dog dads!:) 

Thank you so very much for taking these photos. Happy holidays and keep up the good work! :w00t:
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Mouselemur Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you - I wholly agree!

Happy holidays to you as well :heart: :huggle:
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LivingLifeInACartoon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2016  Student General Artist
So cute omg
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:iconmouselemur:
Mouselemur Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Hihi, they really are cute babies :aww:
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