A SANParks biologist and hiker spotted Cape Town’s favourite caracal, Hermes, in the Front Table area of the mountain.
The Urban Caracal Project said that caracal sightings have been few and far between as of late because of the summer heat.
“They were so excited, they called us immediately to report the sighting,” said the non-profit organisation in a Facebook post.
Hermes greeted the pair with a hiss, something others who have spotted the animal have also reported but the Urban Caracal project says this is nothing to be concerned about.
“If you are lucky enough to see a caracal and it hisses at you, it’s nothing to be frightened of – it’s just their way of asking that you don’t get too close,” they said.
The organisation recommends keeping a 100-metre distance whenever these beautiful animals are encountered in the wild.
Hermes is the most-sighted caracal and is easily identified by his pale-coloured ear tags.
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Picture: Facebook/Urban Caracal Project – Justin Hawthorne