5 fascinating facts about caracals
These graceful wild cats are not as well-known as lions and tigers, but they definitely deserve to be adored. If you don't know much about these animals, you should take a look at these 5 little-known caracal facts.
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Some quick caracal fun facts:
- they reach 40-50 cm (16-20 in) at the shoulder;
- males are a bit larger;
- they are usually active during nighttime;
- in Ancient Egypt, they were used for hunting;
- they live in Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and India.
#1 They use about 20 muscles to move their ears
Caracals have an excellent sense of hearing. They adjust the position of their ears to hear even the slightest sounds of prey.
#2 They can run as fast as 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour
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#3 Their average lifespan in the wild is up to 12 years
In captivity, caracals can live as long as 17 years.
#4 Caracal kittens are born with their ears furled
It takes about three weeks for them to uncurl. Babies are also born with their eyes closed.
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#5 Because of the tufted ears, the caracal is often confused with the lynx
It's quite easy to tell the difference between the two animals: the lynx has spotted fur, while caracals usually has no markings on their tan, brown or black coat.
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