Caraval

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Caraval
Caraval kitten
Caraval kitten
Scientific classificationEdit this classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Hybrid: Caracal caracal × Leptailurus serval

The caraval (also called a cara-serval) is the cross between a male caracal and a female serval. They have a spotted pattern similar to the Serval, but on a darker background. These are bred for the pet market.

A servical is the cross between a male serval and a female caracal. A litter of servicals occurred by accident when the two animals were kept in the same enclosure at a Los Angeles zoo. The hybrids were given to an animal shelter. The only photos show them as tawny kittens.

These hybrids can theoretically be backcrossed to their parent species in various ways:

  • Ser-caraval (¾ serval, ¼ caracal) - a cross between a male serval and a female caraval.
  • Car-servical (¾ caracal, ¼ serval) - a cross between a male caracal and a female servical.
  • Ser-servicals (¾ serval, ¼ caracal) - a male serval and a female servical.
  • Car-caravals (¾ caracal, ¼ serval) - a male caracal and female caraval.

Currently, only ser-caravals have been documented. All of these hybrids will more closely resemble the species that contributed the greater fraction of their genes.