Dragon, an African serval, was surrendered by a woman who was recently married and now has a baby on the way. Dragon had previously attacked the woman and her husband had been threatening to shoot him. He absolutely didn’t want the cat around the baby.
Dragon was being kenneled with two Bengal girls in a 14′ x 20′ kennel with attached heated house. When he was approximately 7 months old, he had a horrible accident causing a diagonal compound break, tissue damage and possibly pelvic damage.
Words from his owner tell a story we hear very often:
Dragon used to be very easy to handle, loved to butt heads, go for walks, etc. Once sexual maturity hit though, it’s gone downhill. I don’t understand how to read his behavior and ended up getting bit and scratched. Sometimes he’s really nice and then he starts raising his chin, making strange noises and ends up lunging at me. Luckily, I’m still able to get him crated so that I can enter the kennel to clean. I’ve become scared of him…which isn’t a good thing.
Dragon arrived at TWS and was immediately examined and neutered. He has kidney disease, but we hope he can still live a high quality of life. He is much calmer than we anticipated and now lives with other servals in an indoor and outdoor habitat.