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Encounter with a wild cat in Kenya

I have been publishing some photos from my travel to Kenya last October, but it became apparent to me that I had forgotten to present the photos I took during a short encounter with a serval (Leptailurus serval, previously Felis serval, pronounced /ˈsÉœrvÉ™l/) which is a relatively large-size African wild cat. Amazingly beautiful, it is quite difficult to observe by day. Actually, it’s Alain Pons (our guide and famous wildlife photographer) who called “Stop!” after seeing a pair of ears just a couple of inches above the grass of the Masai Mara. Even, after braking hard, it took us some time to find it again.


Serval - Copyright (C) 2008 - Yves Roumazeilles

Serval - Copyright (C) 2008 - Yves Roumazeilles

Serval - Copyright (C) 2008 - Yves Roumazeilles

Serval - Copyright (C) 2008 - Yves Roumazeilles

Serval - Copyright (C) 2008 - Yves Roumazeilles

Serval - Copyright (C) 2008 - Yves Roumazeilles

Serval - Copyright (C) 2008 - Yves Roumazeilles

Serval - Copyright (C) 2008 - Yves Roumazeilles

Serval - Copyright (C) 2008 - Yves Roumazeilles

Serval - Copyright (C) 2008 - Yves Roumazeilles

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On the last picture, you can notice the black and white pattern of the back of the serval ears. They are considered as a beacon to help kittens follow their mother, giving them very visible indicators that stay invisible from the point of view of their preys.

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