All Wrapped Up in Mama’s Arms
Tattoo by Den
The caracal is a fiercely territorial medium-sized cat ranging over Western Asia, South Asia, and Africa. The word caracal comes from the Turkish word “karakulak”, meaning “black ear” (from it’s distinguishable elongated, tufted black ears). In North India and Pakistan, the caracal is locally known as syahgosh, which is a Persian term also meaning “black ears”. In Afrikaans it’s called Rooikat, or “red cat”. Although it has traditionally been referred to as Persian Lynx, Egyptian Lynx, African Lynx, and even Desert Lynx, it is no longer considered to be an actual lynx; medium-sized caracals have no spots or stripes, longer legs and a slimmer body than a true Lynx. Instead, it is now believed to be closely related to the African golden cat and the serval. With their sleek, streamlined bodies, reddish gold coats, and the dramatic markings on the face, caracals are among the most beautiful of cats around. 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. Like the rest of the small cats, they may purr when content and make a variety of other mews, growls, and hisses to express their mood. They are incredible hunters, and can jump up to 10 feet (3 meters) to catch flying birds midair! Both caracals and cheetahs have been trained to stalk and capture prey for their human counterparts.
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