Cute Caracal Kittens Playing Outside For The First Time!

The caracal is a medium-sized wild cat that is around one metre (3.3 ft) long. The caracal is sometimes called the desert lynx, African lynx, or Persian lynx, even if is not a member of the Lynx genus. It is native to Africa, Central Asia, Southwest Asia and India. The name “Caracal” comes from the Turkish word “karakulak” meaning “black ear”.

Two adorable caracal kittens were born at the he Oregon Zoo to mother Peggy. In the video below you can watch the kittens how they have begun to explore their outdoor habitat in the zoo’s Predators of the Serengeti area. They were 6 weeks old when they were given free reign of the outdoor enclosure for the first time.

“The space is still new and unfamiliar to them, so they’ve been hiding a lot, taking things slowly and sticking close to mom.” said Beth Foster, the zoo’s lead caracal keeper. Caracals are elusive animals by nature, and even the full-grown cats can be hard to glimpse, according to Foster.

Just watch the adorable babies hiding in the tall grass, and chirping for mom whenever they lost sight of her.