As usual, Friday is video day! 🙂
Today’s footage shows the agility and incredible hunting skills of a little known cat of the African savanna: the caracal! This relatively small fellow, closely related to the serval, is mainly nocturnal and solitary. It is easily recognized by its long, tufted, black-tipped ears.
To be honest with you I have only been privileged enough to observe it once in the wild, and my encounter with this incredible being goes way back to my early childhood (in Kenya)! I feel extremely lucky nevertheless, as the animal is shy and very seldom seen. 🙂
- The word “caracal” comes from the Turkish term karakulak, meaning “black ears”!
- Preys chiefly upon rodents and hares, but will also eat larger animals such as hyraxes, birds (a guinea fowl in the video) and even young kudus, sheep and goats! Rather impressive don’t you think, especially when you consider that the average caracal’s mass is about 16 kg!
- Its ears, used to sense its prey, are controlled by 20 different muscles!
- Springs into the air with ease, and can reach leaps of up to 3 m in height! Absolutely astounding!
- Caracals can go without water for long periods of time. They find most of the fluids they need in the food they eat!
Caracal Video: Hunting Skills Illustrated!
Still wondering why I called it Africa’s “Batman”? Watch this video closely and you’ll soon find out… 😉