Four fluffy Caracal kittens were born on July 21 at Germany’s Zoo Berlin. The two male and two female cubs, with their rusty-colored coats, bright blue eyes, and long black ear-tips, are now out of the nest box and charming zoo visitors.
The name Caracal is derived from the Turkish “kara kulak,” which means “black ear,” referring to the black ear tufts, which can be nearly half the length of the ear itself. These tufts probably aid in sound detection.
Caracals, also known as Desert Lynx, are widely distributed throughout Africa, Central Asia, and parts of India. They inhabit dry steppes and rocky terrain. Caracals are becoming rare in parts of their range, particularly in North Africa, Central Asia, and India.