Monday 20th of November 2017 07:10:59 AM  Agra

Caracal-Mysterious Cat

Certain species are very hard to find like the snow leopard and the red panda that live in the high reaches of the Himalayan Mountains and in the rain forests. But, this is not so with the Caracal because it resides in the easily approachable main lands of India, some are also the main tourism hubs of India such as Ranthambhore and Sariska. Yet, to sight this mysterious cat is not easy. Caracals are small cats, but are amongst the heaviest of all small cats, as well as the fastest. Males typically weigh about 13-18 kg (28-40 1bs), while females are smaller. The Caracal is 65 cm in length (about 2 ft), plus 30 cm tail (about 1 foot). It has longer legs and a slimmer appearance than a lynx. Caracal is a Turkish word "karakulak" which means “black ear”. Caracals are known and called by many names; The Indian Lynx has no hindi or urdu name but it is known as ‘Siagos’ which is in Persian. It has a popular name in Rajasthani ‘Mor mar Bhageri’. The kutchi dialect of Gujarat has a name for it ‘Harnotro’ meaning haran (Chinkara) like colour. The Caracal is also called Persian lynx or African lynx. The Caracal resembles a lynx and for a long time it was considered a close relative of the lynxes. Recent DNA research, however, has shown that the Caracal is not a close relative of lynxes at all, but is instead related to the Serval-the African cat with long legs.



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