Caracal

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Caracal

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Character Data
Japanese Name: カラカル
Romanised Name: Karakaru
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Caracal caracal
Distribution: Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, India.
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 12 Years
Read More: Caracal
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Caracal Season 2 Manga Festival Pavilion​ (Gen 2)​ Nexon Game

Caracal is a Feline Friend who appeared in the original mobile games as well as the manga, and was mentioned in the anime.

Appearance

Caracal has blue eyes, with long orange hair, black-tipped bangs at the side of her face and two black spots on top of her eyes. She has a set of black tufted animal ears, as well as an animal tail. She wears a white sleeveless shirt, an orange high waisted skirt with a white belt and a white-tipped orange bow tie. The rest of her attire, while being similar to other cats, is mainly orange in color, fading to white on the top of her skirt, the back side of her long gloves, thigh highs and boots.

In Real Life

Secretive, solitary, and nocturnal, the Caracal, native to India, Africa, the Middle East, and some of Asia, is a cat that is noted to be extremely difficult to observe. Slender yet robust, the Caracal is characterized by it's long ears and lengthy canine teeth. With males weighing up to 18 kilograms, and females weighing up to 13 kilograms, the Caracal displays sexual dimorphism, with females smaller in almost aspects than males. With a uniform coat, typically red-tan or light brown, the Caracal has soft and short fur. In some rare cases, black fur has been observed. Often confused with another cat, the Lynx, due to the similarity between the sharp ear tufts, the Caracal lacks any spot camouflage on its coat, unlike the Lynx.

Red-tan Caracal. Note the large ear tufts.

Like many other cats, the Caracal, a carnivore, preys upon a wide range of animals, which include : Sheep, goats, birds, rodents, rock hyraxes, hares, and bush vlei rats. To heal their immune system and/or to kill any parasites in their digestive systems, Caracals may consume grapes or wild grasses. A common trait with many other cats, the Caracal is able to kill prey many times larger than itself, including : impalas, bushbucks, kudu, and other antelopes. They very commonly attack and stalk domestic livestock, but tend to avoid humans. With stronger hind legs than front legs, the Caracal has a very powerful jumping ability, able to leap more than 3 meters into the air to catching flying birds.

Ranging across a large portion of Eur-Asia, the Caracal inhabits environments such as : savannas, forests, marshes, semi-deserts, and lowlands. They tend to prefer areas with less rainfall and low cover for prey. In Africa, their range has decreased significantly. Due to agricultural expansion and desertification as a result of poor agricultural practice, habitats of Caracals are frequently destroyed. Human predation is also common due to the Caracal's tendency to kill livestock.

Trivia

  • The name Caracal comes from Turkic "Karakulak", which means "black ear" (kara = black, kulak = ear). Additionally, "Karakulak" is the Turkish word for the Caracal.
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