AN African Serval cat called Spartacus King who weighs a whopping 40 lbs is back at his New Hampshire home after escaping for three days.
Spartacus busy inspecting the coffee machine before his great escape [/caption]
The big cat made a break for it after the dog spooked him [/caption]
Cops there confirmed that the sassy serval had returned unharmed after his three-day jaunt.
“Good Morning Merrimack!” their announcement read. “The serval cat that was missing has been found.
“It was trapped near its home and is in good health. It’s been reunited with its owner. Thank you for all the interest and shares!”
Dean King, the big cat’s owner, said Spartacus – who was reported to be “skittish around strangers” – made a break for it on Wednesday after the family dog, Hank, gave him a fright.
The family had legally adopted the sleek animal from a Florida zoo fours years ago and have a permit from the state’s department of fish and game, cops said.
Spartacus has the run of the King household at night[/caption]
Usually, this sassy serval enjoys lounging around his indoor enclosure[/caption]
His cat mom Lisa King posted a video after his safe return[/caption]
After his epic return from the New Hampshire countryside, Spartacus – named after the Thracian gladiator – has made headlines.
Aside from his recent escape, Spartacus lives in his indoor enclosure but enjoys prowling around the Kings’ household by night, lounging on their pool table, and inspecting the coffee machine.
King’s wife shared an adorable video of Spartacus relaxing in his enclosure on Saturday as she described the close bond they shared after his safe return.
“Dean and I want to thank everyone for you help and support,” Lisa King wrote in an emotional Facebook post. “Spartacus is home safe and warm.
“Personally can’t express my gratitude enough! I have a bond with this cat and he is my person.”
Before he was returned, the family had combed the surrounding woods for clues and left out a trap with live baby chickens to entice him after some eagle-eyed resident spotted Spartacus.
Merrimack’s animal control officer, Haylie Gulino, said she’d never experienced anything like the recent search for him, mainly because police officers had no idea what an African Serval looked like.
“They had no idea; I had to show them a picture of what they normally look like,” Gulino said.
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“So, like I said, this was uncharted territory. It was out of the norm for most people here.”
Spartacus had gone missing from his residence in the Peaslee Rd area on September 9, prompting cops to launch a Facebook appeal for information, which rapidly went viral.
You can check out his adventures with his brother, Hank the dog, on Instagram @spartacustheserval.