LINCOLN — A wild African cat was found with a broken leg Tuesday in a resident’s backyard, according to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals-Angel Animal Center.
The black-spotted brown cat has been spotted in the city several times by residents, who have left out food and alerted the nonprofit Boston Community Outreach. The team successfully captured the cat and quickly transported it to the MSPCA-Angell headquarters in Jamaica Plain for x-rays and pain management.
The medium-sized cat, called the Serval, is native to sub-Saharan Africa, and it is illegal to own them in Massachusetts, except for zoos that have an appropriate permit.
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“We don’t know how long this guy, now called ‘Bruno’, has been outside, but he’s skinny and had a badly broken leg several months ago,” MSPCA-Angell wrote on her Instagram account.
His right hind leg is broken at two points. The MSPCA determines the best possible course of treatment, which can include amputation.
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The organization said it was working with the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in Westborough to determine the appropriate location for Bruno.
Cara Holmquist, MSPCA-Angell’s Director of Advocacy, said in a statement to the Daily News. “This results in harm to the animal, and potential danger to people and other animals.”
MSPCA-Angell said Bruno does not have identification cards and does not contain a microchip, making identification of the owner “almost impossible.”
Once he recovers, he will eventually be placed with a zoo or sanctuary, MSPCA-Angell said. He is not available for adoption.
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This article originally appeared on MetroWest Daily News: Wounded African wild serval cat found in Lincoln MA neighborhood