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Unread postby Peter Betts » Sat Feb 09, 2008 4:23 pm

People always say the Cheetah has Kind Eyes, The Lion has Serious Eyes and the Leopard looks right through you in a very cruel way...I agree but I think the Caracal out does the leopard in the Death Stare Department as this one shows

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Unread postby Peter Betts » Wed May 21, 2008 2:14 pm

Addo is Caracal heaven..this is yesterday's beauty...no 9 for the year...saw 20 last year
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Unread postby naomi c » Wed May 21, 2008 3:35 pm

A beauty indeed!

After reading through the "Addo Animals" thread I am definitly aware of the fact that Addo is THE place to spot a caracal (and magnificent lions and kudu's too) but with the current fuel price........

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Unread postby Peter Betts » Sun Jul 06, 2008 8:27 pm

A youngish Caracal seen snooping around on Domkrag loop Addo

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Re: Caracal

Unread postby o-dog » Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:22 am

Havent read all the posts but from my experiences WCNP has been the best for me. Saw a female with two large kittens on the 17th Jan 09 near Kraalbaai.
Saw an adult male in Postberg watching bat eared foxes a few weeks back and another nearby.
For the WCNP must have seen well over 20 by now - dont think there is a better place to see them.
Otherwise one at S100 S41 junction and 2 subadults that used to hang around the Augrabies Falls picnic site.
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby SamoesaWoestyn » Fri Apr 10, 2009 9:03 pm

What an amazing animal!!

This one the Red Rocks road near Shingwedzi.

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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Oryx » Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:56 pm

I recently spent 2 nights in Bontebok. On the morning of 9th March about 1 km from the rest camp I saw 4 Caracal together - female with 3 almost fully-grown kittens. Couldn`t believe my eyes, but there they were, and then disappeared into the undergrowth.

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Re: Caracal

Unread postby norms » Sun Apr 26, 2009 5:57 pm

Photo not taken in Kruger but a great pic of a Caracal.

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Unread postby hermann » Sat May 09, 2009 4:58 pm

The SO and I are celebrating our 1-year anniversary in Uncle Paul's paradise at the moment (I'm posting this from our tent's deck in Tamboti :dance: )

As per my normal theory, I try to get onto the roads most removed from the main tourists' thoroughfares. Today, that landed us onto the Old Main Road, leading down the Eastern border from Olifants south towards Satara. As this is a rather barren area of the park, I wasn't expecting much (and truth be told, we didn't see a heck of a lot...) But, what we did see was rather special:

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I think I vaguely remember seeing one cross the road about 15 years ago, still stuck in the back seat as a kid. This one was oblivious to our presence, though. More than two minutes would've been nice, but just seeing this little 'big' cat is something I'll remember for a long time...
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Gwave » Sun May 10, 2009 9:50 am

Way back in October 2007 on a trip to Addo (where else?) my wife, Gillian, & I were lucky to see a Caracal with 3 kittens. One of these was not shy and relaxed reasonably close to us. The next day we came across them again for even an even better photo opportunity. This photo is from the first day.

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Unread postby Gwave » Sun May 10, 2009 10:03 am

The next day the family was relaxing in an open area between Gwarrie Pan & Rooidam. A 4 striped grass mouse had been caught, probably by mom, and one of the kittens was playing with it. It was fantastic to sit & watch for over 15 minutes as this kitten played and challenged its siblings.

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Unread postby Gwave » Sun May 10, 2009 10:07 am

Another photo from the same sighting.

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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Mike1916 » Sun May 10, 2009 11:58 am

:clap: :clap: Awesome Pictures :clap: :clap:
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Re: Caracal

Unread postby Nico » Sun May 10, 2009 3:41 pm

Hi Gwave, amazing photo's :thumbs_up:

I filmed in KTP a fight between a Caracal and two Black Backed Jackals about a kill. The Caracal killed a Bat Eared Fox and the Black Backed Jackels had stolen it from the Caracal but the Caracal is taking it back. 8)

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kzy6qgL8tdk[/video]

Slow-Motion [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haMaWVBLjzw[/video]
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