Caracal at the Oregon Zoo
in Washington Park
Portland, Oregon

The caracal (Caracal caracal) is a medium-sized wild cat native to Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and India. The caracal is characterised by a robust build, long legs, a short face, long tufted ears and long canine teeth. Its coat is uniformly reddish tan or sandy, while the ventral parts are lighter with small reddish markings. It reaches 40-50 cm (16-20 in) at the shoulder and weighs 8-18 kg (18-40 lb). It was first scientifically described by German naturalist Johann Christian Daniel von Schreber in 1777. Eight subspecies are recognized. [from wikipedia]
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On A Boulder
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(Date Photographed: 14:35:44 Friday 10 November 2017)
(Date Published: Saturday 20 January 2018)
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A caracal sat hunched on a boulder, ready to pounce on unwary prey.


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The Sign
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(Date Photographed: 14:36:32 Friday 10 November 2017)
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A sign said, "The Ears Have It." It went on to say:

The caracal is easy to spot because of its long, tufted black ears. Those tufts of fur are extra sensitive to sound waves helping the caracal to pinpoint its prey.


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