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Caracal
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Felis caracal
Family Name:
Felidae
Location:
Africa, W.,C., and S. Asia. In woodland, savanna, and scrubland
Size:
23 1/2-36in
(60-91cm)
Weight:
13-42lb
(6-19kg).
Social Unit:
Solitary
Gestation:
69-81days
Birth:
1-6
Diet:
vegetation
 
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Caracal

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Caracal Description
  Sometimes called the Desert Lynx because of the arid, scrubby areas that it inhabits, the Caracal is usually reddish brown, with a white chin, throat, belly, and a narrow black band from the eye to the nose.
Its distinctive pointed ears are black on the outside, and have long black tufts.
The Caracal is well known for its ability to spring vertically and " bat" flying birds with its paws, often leaping as high as 10ft (3m). Largely nocturnal, this cat climbs and jumps well and is also believed to be the fastest feline of its size. It stalks and kills its prey after a quick dash or leap.
The Caracal is territorial and marks its home range with urine. Usually solitary, it sometimes forms small groups, comprising adults and young. It makes its dens in porcupine burrows, rocky crevices, or dense vegetation.
Despite its ferocious appearance, the Caracal is easily tamed and is sometimes used to assist hunters in India and Iran.
 
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