Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Creature Feature #81: Caracal

The Caracal is a desert cat, found in the semi-arid landscapes of Africa and across into India. Sometimes known as the “desert lynx” he is, in fact, more closely related to the Serval and the African Golden Cat. He is well adapted for his arid life. Short, stiff hairs cover the inside of his paws, enabling him steadier footing over shifting sands; he gets most of his moisture from his prey; and his sandy coat allows him good camouflage. His main prey is small vertebrates, and he can jump 2 metres straight up to catch birds, and also is capable of bring down a small gazelle.

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