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It is a travel day so this will be short. A half entry so to speak. Lions and leopards and cheetah have filled these entries, but there is another cat to be seen in the Mara.
She is smaller and solitary and able this season to use the tall grasses for almost complete cover as she walks the plain. The serval cat is just two feet tall and a little over 3 feet long in the largest specimens. She feeds on rodents, small birds, frogs, insects and reptiles for the most part.
Relative to her overall body size, her legs are the longest among the great cats of Africa. And when she is avoiding the hyenas and jackals that hunt her, she often leaps into the air as she races off, holding her tail straight up in the air.
We saw her just this once outside Lion Camp in the tall grass not far from a stream. Take a look.
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