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Photo taken in August, 2014 @ Olmense Zoo, Belgium

At first, we nearly didn't see the Caracals - I guess they didn't like the rainy weather and didn't want to get soggy feet. Eventually, both came out. This one was a shade lighter in its coloring that the other (who, btw, wouldn't sit still long enough for me to get a good photo through the fence or glass).
We had to make do with this one, who actually bothered to sit still and look pretty.
Fun fact: This pair of Caracals had two kittens earlier; if you want to see some photos of the cuties (we didn't find them anywhere in the zoo) check out Nikki-vdp, who visited the zoo in May and did see them :aww:

Species: Common Caracal or Desert Lynx (Caracal of Woestijnlynx)

Latin name: Caracal Caracal Caracal

Originates from South Africa.

Current status: Least Concern.

Did you know:

…The Caracal has been formerly classified as Felis, but was distinguished by  the presence of a long toft on the tip of the ears. It was then classified as Lyx, but molecular evidence proves it’s more closely allied with the African Golden Cat and Serval.

…The pupils of the Caracal’s eyes contract to form circles, while most cats have and keep vertical pupils.

…The word caracal is derived from the Turkish words “kara kulak”, meaning “black ear”.

…The Caracal seems to have held some religious significance in Ancient Egypt; they occur in wall paintings, their embalmed bodies and sculptures of Caracals have  been found in guarded tombs.

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A leopard going on a stroll in Zoo de Champrépus in Normandy.
Submitted for the crphotography.deviantart.com/ contest of August on animals.
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Niagara Falls
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This is Da Mao, the male Giant Panda who resides at the Toronto Zoo. I have waited so many years to see a live panda and at last, they came to the Toronto Zoo <3 Here, Da Mao's playing with a phonebook, used as enrichment :) 
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These two are so damn cute together.
Whenever Thelma grabs a hold of Juno, she always looks displeased about it. Sometimes more so than others.

On one visit, Thelma bear hugged Juno and hauled her around on her chest, and Juno was furiously waving around her paws. Eventually she escaped.

Both of the girls have quite a set of teeth, but never do any damage to each other while showing off their reply whites. 


Sea otter
Oregon Zoo
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Wiesentgehäge Springe Germany July 2014

:wave: Thanks a lot for faving my work!  :happybounce:
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Seems like it's seen something interesting...


-2014-
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