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Stop everything you're doing because we just found the world's cutest cat species! Meet caracals, or to be more specific, baby caracals! These beautiful creatures have been religiously significant to the ancient Egyptians. They appear in their paintings, bronze figurines, whereas their sculptures were believed to guard the tombs of pharaohs.

Caracals live in Africa, the Middle East and The Indian subcontinent. Adults can weigh as much as 18kgs (40lbs), they can run at speeds of up to 50mph, and they can kill a grown man with their cuteness (ok, so maybe we made that last bit up). Caracals can be easily domesticated and even kept as pets. However, it may be illegal in some countries, so double-check before you decide to get one of these cuties!

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Cesi Baca
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's really beautiful, but for some reason I find it hard to believe they can be "easily" domesticated and kept as pets. How do just easily domesticate a wild animal?

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To the person in the photo holding this caracal - why did you need to have a wild cat as a pet? There are more than enough domestic cats to go around. Do NOT keep caracals as pets!

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Gail Potgieter
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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Caracals should not be kept as pets. This one is clearly indoors. Do NOT get one as a pet!

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

To the person in this photo: what happened to the mother of this kitten? The pet trade is terrible - only domestic cats should be pets.

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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are one of the best big cats breeds in the world for catching birds!

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