Kingdom : Animalia
                           Class : Mammalia
                        Family : Felidae
         Scientific Name : Caracal Caracal

                       Size(H) : 65cm - 90cm
                                       (2ft - 3ft)
                       Weight : 11kg - 18kg
                                       (24lbs - 40lbs)
                 Top Speed : 80km/h (50mph)
                  Life Span : 12 - 15 years

                      Colour : Tan, Brown, Black
                 Skin Type : Fur
Distinctive Features : Long, black ear
                                      tufts and short fur
  1. Caracals are medium sized wildcats found in Africa and Southwest Asia.
  2. They are found inhabiting the savannas and the tropical grasslands.
  3. Despite of not being lynx, they are known as Persian Lynx or African Lynx.
  4. They are very closely related to the African Golden Cat and the Serval.
  5. They get their name from the Turkish word for black ears- Karakulak!
  6. There are around 20 muscles in the Caracal’s ears which help them detect their prey.
  7. They are grey, golden or dark red in color with black ears with tufts.
  8. The young caracals have red spots on their underbelly, which disappear as they grow.
  9. They are excellent hunters known to hunt flying birds, successfully, by leaping in the air.
  10. Despite their size, they are powerful and fast, reaching top speeds of 50mph.
  11. Interestingly, they are known to be fast and powerful enough to catch and kill an ostrich, successfully.
  12. They mainly prey on rodents, birds, antelopes, gazelles and rabbits.
  13. Though they avoid eating very stiff fur, they are alright to eat feathers.
  14. They live to be around 12 years in the wild and much longer in captivity.

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