Imagine going out onto your terrace and spotting a wild animal taking a stroll through your garden… your suburban garden.
That’s exactly what happened in the suburb of Fish Hoek in Cape Town on Sunday, 31 July when a caracal was spotted by a resident heading down the mountain and straight into his neighbour’s property. George Bottome says that his wife spotted the wild cat through a window while it went further down into the lower part of their garden before scaling the 1.8-metre fence into the neighbour’s garden.
Bottome spotted the caracal back in his garden a few hours later. The cat leapt up into a tree and stayed there for about 6 hours presumingly waiting to leave and head back up the mountain on the same route it took when entering the garden.
Bottome said that he wasn’t quite sure what time the cat made its escape from the tree, but when he went into the garden at 10 pm, it was gone.
“Our cats were a little put-out but we locked them up just in case. We left it well alone taking one set of pictures with a telescopic lens so as not to get too close or disturb it,” Battome concluded.
Finding a caracal roaming your garden gives true meaning to African living.
Picture: Facebook/George MacD Bottome