Friday’s Weekly Travel Photo – Up Close and Personal

Copenhagen Zoo Mother Cat

Recently I had the opportunity to spend a little time nose-to-nose with this mother Caracal.  Caracals are a type of mid-sized wild cat which are easily identified by the black tufts of fur at the end of their ears. This has historically led to a number of nicknames including the Persian, Egyptian and African Lynx.    While not actually a species of Lynx, they are fast, agile, and incredibly graceful.  The female Caracal you see in the photo above was just inches (and one sturdy piece of glass) away from me at the Copenhagen Zoo.  She recently had several adorable kittens (additional photo here) which she decided I had spent enough time around.  After her not-so-gentle warning/snapping this photo I decided to back off and leave them to their nap.  Have you ever seen a Caracal?  What did you think?

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