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Serval is a Friend that has appeared in most Kemono Friends media to date, and is the mascot of the franchise.
Serval's trademark features are two long, black-tipped ears at the crown of her head, an M-shaped marking found beneath aforementioned ears, and a small bow-tie with a spotted pattern on orange that fades into white; this pattern comprises the majority of her attire. The centerpiece of her outfit consists of a white blouse, devoid of pattern, and an orange skirt with black dots on it, 4 rivets on each side of the skirt connected with ropes. She has long orange socks with black dots fading to white with no dots and white shoes with brown bows on them.
Her EX design first debuted in Guidebook 3 and was unofficially referred to as Extra Serval before being revealed to be an EX proper at Kemono Friends World in 2019. It has overall darker coloration in the spots and stripes, which cover more of the orange areas of her clothing; they now extend to the edges of her skirt and further down the stockings. The bowties on her shoes are larger and darker, and the stocking pattern itself is less uniform. Her upper half is also noticeably different in several ways. The stray ends of her bowtie are far longer, with stripes instead of spots; her hair is shorter, reaching about earlobe-level, but with much longer side-bangs that frame her face; the M-shape on her forehead is replaced with an arch-shape; and perhaps most notably, her ears bow out to the sides instead of sticking straight up, revealing a black-and-white- pattern on the back side.
In Real Life
A serval is a cat native to the African grasslands typically found south of the Sahara Desert. The cat has a lean body and the longest legs and largest ears of any cat breed. Their coats are predominantly shades of tan or orange with black or dark brown markings. The coat pattern helps the cat disguise itself when hunting in tall grasses. The serval is a solitary animal that can live around 20 years.
The serval is a carnivore that preys on rodents, particularly rats, small birds, frogs, insects and reptiles. Servals locate their prey by their strong sense of hearing. To kill small prey, they will slowly stalk then pounce on it. During a leap, a serval can reach more than 2 meters above the ground and cover a distance of 3.6 meters.
The serval prefers areas with cover such as reeds, tall grass and proximity to water-bodies. Servals used to be given as gifts and traded as early as the time of Ancient Egypt and are kept today as pets although many countries require regulated ownership.