Amazing animal video: Watch a serval jump really, really high.

Watch a Beautiful African Cat Jump Alarmingly High (Video)

Watch a Beautiful African Cat Jump Alarmingly High (Video)

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July 10 2015 2:32 PM

Air Serval

Watch the African cat jump really, really high.

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My roommate has a cat named Steve. The most athletic thing he does, by far, is run between my legs when I’m walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Servals bring a slightly more versatile skillset to the table.

Native to sub-Saharan Africa, the long-legged wild cats are known to jump upward of 15 feet in the air, and are capable of catching birds in flight. The video above is pretty solid evidence of their jumping prowess.

Captured via GoPro by the Cincinnati Zoo, the serval in question, Jambo, shows off its hops by batting a ball held 10 feet above its head. It's an amazing show of animal athleticism that leaves but one question: Can he dunk?

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Hopefully, yes—otherwise the only purpose of his incredible leaping ability would be hunting and survival in the wild. Which would be lame.

A.J. McCarthy is a Slate writer and producer.