20 years was still too short – Good-bye Halifax the serval
In Memory 2013
We said goodbye to our dear friend Halifax this week. At 20 years old, he was an inspiration for my spirit. I remember learning how old he was when I first started five years ago and being surprised at how virile and full of life he still was. He loved any kind of enrichment but especially had a blast chasing little rocks or pine cones when thrown in his habitat. In the summertime he would even jump in the pool after them, his playful spirit was definitely contagious. He always had this sort of regal look to him, especially when he sat basking in the sun that just conjured images of him in his own native habitat watching for any prey in the savannas of Africa. I’m very sorry that he never experienced true freedom like that in his life but know that he was a happy cat and that many people loved him dearly. He had some bumps along the way with his health but he never let that get in the way of his fun for too long. 20 years is a long time to live for a cat and I believe he lived them to the fullest. I will miss seeing his handsome face every day but will always remember the fun times we had just being silly. That was one of the things I liked best about him, his ability to look so serious one second then be a total goofball the next. I am so glad that I knew Halifax he was and still is such a special boy. Goodbye sweet boy, thank you for your wonderful spirit and may you be forever free.
Halifax is our oldest serval. He was surrendered by an owner who loved him very much and was committed to giving him a lifetime home. After surviving breast cancer, his owner had to move near her daughter in another city that outlawed exotic pets. The owner wanted to ensure that she did not put Halifax’s life in danger and called TWS.
Halifax has really warmed up to the staff but has plenty of wild cat friends. He shares a large outdoor habitat and heated building with other servals.