Caracal Looks into your Eyes at the Memphis Zoo, Tennessee
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According to Wikipedia, The caracal is a slender, yet muscular, cat, with long legs and a short tail. Males typically weigh 29-40 lbs (13-18 kg), while females weigh about 24 lbs (11 kg). The caracal resembles an Eurasian Lynx, and for a long time it was considered a close relative of the lynxes. It has a tail nearly a third of its body length, and both sexes look the same. The caracal is 26-35 inches (65-90 cm) in length, with a 12-inch (30 cm) tail. Compared to lynxes, it has longer legs, shorter fur, and a slimmer appearance.
The caracal is distributed over Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and India. Its chief habitat is dry steppes and semi-deserts, but it also inhabits woodlands, savannah, and scrub forest. They generally prefer open country, so long as there is sufficient cover, in the form of bushes and rocks, from which to ambush prey. Its life expectancy in the wild is 12 years, and 17 years in captivity. The caracal may survive without drinking for a long period — the water demand is satisfied with the body fluids of its prey. Since it is also surprisingly easy to tame, it has been used as a hunting cat in Iran and India.
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