Caracal Cats in Tallahassee

The capital city is getting a few special guests this winter. The large felines are one of the best hunters in the cat family. Their name is a Turkish word meaning “black ear.”

They are called caracals and are on loan to the Tallahassee Museum from the Carnivore Preservation Trust in North Carolina.

Denis Dean, a volunteer at the Tallahassee Museum, said, "Everything we have at the museum on a regular basis is indigenous to Florida. Our guest animals, we find something generally that is not. We've had white tigers, spider monkeys, and now we have the caracals."

These cats may look tame, but they have the ability to jump into the air and catch a bird in mid-flight. The caracals will be on display until March 15.