CARACAL (Caracal caracal), pronounced /ˈkærəkæl/)
- The caracal is classified as a small cat, yet is amongst the heaviest of all small cats, as well as the quickest, being nearly as fast as the serval.
- The feet of a caracal have numerous stiff hairs growing between the pads. These probably help the animal walk on soft sand.
- The jaw is short and equipped with powerful teeth.
- It is best known for its spectacular skill at hunting birds, able to snatch a bird in flight, sometimes more than one at a time.
- It can jump and climb exceptionally well, which enables it to catch hyraxes better than probably any other carnivore. If no cover is available in which to conceal itself, a caracal may flatten itself against the ground and remain motionless, allowing its coat colour to act as camouflage.
- Among the least seen of the common animals in Africa, sightings are exceptionally rare
- Because it is so easily tamed, the caracal is sometimes kept as a pet and can adapt to living with humans
- Life expectancy in the wild is 12 years, and 17 years in captivity.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caracal
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