Have You Seen A Caracal? It Just Might Be The Cutest Animal You’ve Ever Seen!

These animals are all incredibly large, but they are different from other wildcats through their ability to roar.  They are all highly skilled at hunting, and they are all extremely dangerous.

There are hundreds of medium- and small-sized cats that are still somewhat common in the wild. Even in North America, animals like lynx and cougars are regularly seen in some areas.

Commonly referred to as the desert lynx, the magnificent-looking creatures seen below are known as caracals. The name comes from the Turkish word, Karakulak, which means “black ears.”  These cats have a rare and exotic appearance, but they’re fairly common in some parts of Africa and South Asia.

With their black and unusual looking ears, these small-sized cats are deceptively great hunters.  They eat small rodents and also are great at hunting birds.  Historically humans have used them to hunt wild birds.  When they attack a flock, caracals have demonstrated the ability to knock down up to 12 birds in a single leap!

When these cats are fully grown they can weight up to about 50 pounds.

Caracal, Felis caracal, Augrabies Falls National Park, N. Cape, South Africa

Their bland coat allows them to blend into the grasslands where they hunt. Pending on the region they live, their coats can vary and be red and brown.


They are  seen sometimes with a mate, but are mainly solitary animals.


Can you imagine having something like that in your home?  Some people keep these as pets and a members of their family.


They are the most adorable babies.


Who couldn’t fall in love with this adorable face?

little face

Some have this beautiful orange-red coat.


Like all children, they grow up all too fast!


Due to their natural habitat being very dry, caracals have learned to survive on very little water.  A lot 

of the water that they consume comes secondhand from their prey.


Just like a house cat, they love to sleep most of the day~


They may look cute, but they are wild animals at heart.  Be careful if you ever come across one of these cats.


They are very skilled hunters that they are, caracals hunt in both the grass and the trees.  Their agility, strength and size is ideal for sneaking up on birds that are perched in the branches of a tree.


To learn more about these amazing and adorable animals, visit Sand Diego Zoo’s website.



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