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Exotic serval cat that escaped from N.H. home is back with family

A pet serval that went missing in New Hampshire Wednesday, drawing widespread attention, has been found, according to Merrimack, N.H. police Saturday.



a kitchen with wooden cabinets: Spartacus, a 40-pound pet serval, was successfully caught by its owners Saturday, days after it had escaped their New Hampshire home.


© Photos courtesy of the Merrimack Police Department
Spartacus, a 40-pound pet serval, was successfully caught by its owners Saturday, days after it had escaped their New Hampshire home.

The 4-year-old, 40-pound exotic cat named Spartacus was trapped by its owner near his home Saturday morning and is in good health, said Captain Matthew Tarleton in an e-mail.

Its owner, Dean King, said his family had been chasing the cat around Merrimack Friday night and Saturday morning. Eventually, Spartacus probably followed the family home and settled into a trap in the backyard set “with his blanket and some irresistible rats,” King said in a text Saturday morning.

He sent a photo showing the serval nestled beneath the blanket, a patch of its distinct spotted fur peeking out.

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