This wild animal with huge eyes has a unique charm. And not so often people recognize it. All attention is usually focused on lions, tigers, and leopards.

Meanwhile, among the felines, no less unique and beautiful animals deserve no less interest in their person.

A graceful predator, slightly larger than a cat, with exquisite tassels on the ears, will win any heart. What is not surprising is that in its natural habitat, this desert cat was among the domesticated predators.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome! This is the caracal.

Many people think it’s a lynx, but it’s not. Caracals are smaller, slimmer, and have solid coloration. They are amazingly red, and their coloring can range from light beige to bright red, depending on their region.

They get their name from the Turkish word “Сarakulak,” which means “black ears.” Сarakals live in trees or burrows, which they dig while nursing their young.

Caracals readily eat rabbits, rodents, and birds. The popular belief that caracals can do without water for a long time is untrue. They get liquid from food.

Due to the most significant activity at dawn and dusk, these animals were trained and used as hunting animals in ancient Iran and India.