Local photographer Jacque Smit shared some captivating shots of a caracal in Cape Town on September 13.
The stunning snaps showcase the gorgeous predator prancing around Cape Town’s iconic Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lunch anyone? There appears to be rodent and spurfowl on the menu.
Take a look.
Just having a look around…
On the move…
Mad because I missed.
Pretty sure I saw a spurfowl around here somewhere…
It’s behind me, isn’t it…
Seriously? Another miss.
That’s it. I’m going vegan.
“I shot [these] yesterday morning [Sunday] at quieter (because of the morning rain) than normal Kirstenbosch near the Restios. I spend a good amount of time there with family —walking, birdwatching etc. [It’s the] first time we’ve seen a caracal there.
“[It] was a great treat. [I was] also surprised my two young daughters kept quiet while the caracal walked around and gave us a good show.”
Urban Caracal Project:
“Our analysis of Cape Town caracals’ scats and kill sites revealed that rodents form an important part of their diet. This was dominated by native species, such as vlei rats and four-striped grass mice. Introduced rodents, such as the brown rat seen here, were far less commonly detected – indicating their reliance on natural prey despite hunting close to urban areas.”