When it comes to wild cats, lions, tigers, and leopards generally get the most attention, but there are a lot other species that aren’t included. Today, we’ll take a look at one of them and explain why we think they’re the prettiest wild cat you’ve ever seen.
Meet the caracal, ladies and gentlemen.
These russet-colored beauties have an interesting history as well as being extremely gorgeous to look at!
This majestic cat is called a caracal
Although they are classified as a tiny cat, they may grow to be quite enormous, with the largest weighing almost 50 pounds.
The Caracal coat can range in hue from reddish-brown to tawny-grey, depending on the area.
They are mostly solitary species, however they do occasionally form mated couples. Their tufted ears and short tails resemble those of a desert lynx or bobcat.
Caracals build burrows to nurture their young until they are ready to venture out into the wild. They’re also incredibly adaptable and capable of climbing trees. The caracal can leap up to three meters in the air to grab flying birds thanks to its powerful and long hind legs.
Caracals are sometimes kept as pets and have an excellent relationship with humans.
Their name comes from the Turkish term “Karakulak,” which translates as “black ears.” You’ve probably figured out why.
They primarily eat rabbits and rodents, although they also enjoy birds, as do most cats. Because of its remarkable jumping abilities, caracals were historically used to hunt game birds for Persian and Indian aristocracy.
They are diurnal, which means they are most active at dawn and dusk, much like your own house cat.