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Spartacus the serval goes on the run through the United States

Spartacus the exotic African serval cat, stands up to look at a coffeemaker in his home in Merrimack, N.H. Photo: AAP/AP
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An 18-kilogram African serval cat named Spartacus has been found safe and sound after escaping from his home and spending days in the wild.

The cat was “was trapped near its home and is in good health,” Merrimack police in New Hampshire posted on Facebook on Friday.

The animal has been returned to its owner, Dean King, who previously told The Associated Press that Spartacus had run away on Wednesday after getting spooked by the family dog.

Mr King adopted Spartacus from a Florida zoo four years ago.

Photos show the long, lean cat is tawny in colour with dark spots and has lengthy ears rounded at the top.

Spartacus living the high life. Photo: AAP/AP

One photo of Spartacus with his paws up on the kitchen counter, eyeing a coffee maker, has gone viral on social media.

The family owns the cat legally and has a permit from the state’s department of fish and game, police said.

Spartacus lives indoors, spending the days in an enclosure and roaming the family house at night.

Calls and emails to Mr King weren’t immediately returned.

His wife, Lisa King, posted a video of Spartacus perched in his enclosure on Saturday and thanked people for their support.