Keeping wild animals, in particular, cats (caracals, lynxes and servals), at home is becoming popular in Ukraine. However, animal rights activists warn: “apartment well-being” for predators is impossible.
As the UAnimals organization explains, it is very difficult to provide comfortable living conditions, the optimal amount of space and the necessary nutrition for such animals.
“Nurseries that make money on sale of these animals, in every way convince that they are suitable for life at home. However, this is not true. They have to live in natural conditions that cannot be provided in an apartment, house or yard.” – they claim in UAnimals.
Caracals are wild cats with big ears and long fluffy brushes, they have a monochromatic color. They are strong and fast, can jump three meters in height. These are solitary animals that hunt small mammals and birds at night, and hide among rocks or in burrows during the day.
|These are solitary animals that hunt small mammals and birds at night, and hide among rocks or in burrows during the day.
Servals are predatory African mammals. They have the longest legs and largest ears relative to body size of any cat, and orange-brown fur with black spots. They usually live in the savannahs of South and Central Africa, preferring areas with dense tall vegetation and places with a large number of rodents that they hunt.
“The area required for one serval to live usually reaches 10 square kilometers. During the night, a serval covers an average of 3-4 kilometers, which is part of its daily activity.
In inappropriate conditions, they show aggression and can become dangerous for their owners.” – noted the animal rights activists.
|In inappropriate conditions, they show aggression and can become dangerous for their owners
Serval can be smaller compared to other animals. Poachers and breeders manipulate this fact, saying that this predator is suitable for life at home. However, this is not the case.
In addition, they can be crossed and thus produce new species. Yes, it is already known about the existence of a hybrid of a serval and a domestic cat – a “savanna” cat. Because of this, servals are disappearing in the wild.
Lynx also belong to the genus of predatory mammals and are introduced to Ukraine: they live in the Carpathians and Polissia. They have strong claws that help them skilfully jump over rocks. Hunting is a natural need of this predator.
In 1994, the lynx was included in the Red Book of Ukraine with the status of “rare species”.
|All photos: UAnimals
UAnimals notes that servals, caracals, lynxes, lions, tigers, cougars and leopards are often kept on private property.
“Due to artificial feeding, improper nutrition, lack of conditions, cramped space, they have many diseases and suffer from stress all their lives.
If they get into the wild again, they will not survive and, in the best case, will live in shelters and rehabilitation centers,” – emphasized in the organization.
Animal rights activists call on the police to report cases of keeping such animals in captivity. Violation of their living conditions is punishable in accordance with the law “On the Protection of Animals from Cruelty”.
“These conditions should satisfy biological, species and individual needs in food, water, sleep, movements, contacts with other twain, in natural activity, etc.” – they claim in UAnimals.
In addition, the place where the animal lives should have space, a comfortable temperature and humidity level, natural lighting, and ventilation.
We will remind you that in the Kyiv region, the police rescued a red-listed lynx, which they tried to sell online.
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