Two fantastic photos comparing two of our resident felines, above is Flerkin the Savannah kitten (savannahs have a percentage of serval in their breeding) who came into us recently, and below is Tembea a pure Serval who came in as a rescue this time last year. These two photos really show the family resemblance!
A massive thank you this time to the team at Boston B&Q for their help and generous discount towards materials for Flerkens new enclosure.
It’s the generosity and help from companies and individuals who support the Ark that enables us to achieve what we do and help out so many exotic animals in need – thanks again.
Our little Flerken is becoming a famous kitty, follow the link to her story on the BBC.
Our local branch of Sainsbury’s in Spilsby have been holding fundraisers for us and other good causes as part of their 150 year celebrations, they have donated £500 in B&Q vouchers which will be used for our new rescue savannah kittens enclosure.
Introducing Flerken, she’s a 5 month old F1 Savannah kitten who was brought illegally into the UK and confiscated by Border Force, the Ark was contacted to give her a home as it’s not that easy to find cats like her a suitable home. The savannah cat is a man made hybrid between an African wildcat known as a Serval (the Ark has it’s own resident serval called Tembea, another rescue from the pet trade) and a domestic cat.
F1 denotes that she is a first generation hybrid and as such is classed as a dangerous wild animal in the same way a serval or other wildcats are, meaning a license is required to keep one so rehousing her to a domestic setting isn’t really an option, unfortunately traditional zoos would not be interested in her as she’s not 100% wildcat, so she found herself in limbo through no fault of her own, to wild for a domestic home and not wild enough for a zoo.
Here at the Ark we specialise in giving homes to exotic animals from the pet trade and so Flerken was a perfect fit, she’s settling in really well already and is proving to be a bit of a character and has well and truly captured everyone’s hearts.