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Two African servals escape from pet store owner’s barn in Alabama

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Sept. 13 (UPI) — A pair of exotic African servals are on the loose after escaping from the barn where they were being kept in Alabama.

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Lacey Harring, owner of pet store 256Exotics, said in a Facebook post that two servals — African cats that resemble small leopards — escaped from her Huntsville barn Sunday night.

Harring said the felines escaped by digging a tunnel under one of the walls.

She asked anyone who spots the animals to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office or local animal control officers.

A Huntsville Police Department spokesperson said officers were unaware of the escape, but urged residents to use caution if they spot the animals.

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“We would advise citizens to be aware of surroundings, use caution and report any sightings,” the representative told WHNT-TV.

Alabama is one of 18 states that allow private individuals to own servals without a permit.

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