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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Caracal at Dawn

The Caracal (Felis caracal) is a muscular slender cat. The name Caracal is derived from a Turkish word “karakulak” meaning “black ear. It is a powerful predator, distinguished by its reddish-brown coat, short tail and lynx-like tufted ears. Long back legs propel a prodigious leap, enabling it to capture birds in flight.

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Date Taken: 11.2019
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: South Africa
Copyright: © Thomas Vijayan