This serval is believed to have melanism — a rare condition that causes unusually dark pigmentation in animals' skin and fur. As a result, the serval's already striking form took on a whole new level of beauty.
This was something even an experienced wildlife photographer like Turner had never seen before.
"For context, even seeing a 'normal' serval is tough," he wrote. "They’re shy, secretive cats that tend to live in tall grasses — the perfect combination for staying unnoticed. Every time I’ve been privileged enough to see them, my heart skips a beat."
Fortunately, the serval Turner spotted appears to be healthy, despite being different. And though Turner was only able to snap one photo before he disappeared into the brush, with that, he won't soon be forgotten.
"The hope, for now, is that he continues to flourish in the grasslands and build on his territory," Turner wrote, optimistic the cat's chances at finding a mate: "What serval could resist those charming good looks?!"