The Owl Rescue Centre, an organisation dedicated at the protection and conservation of owls in South Africa, was called out for an unusual rescue by the South African Wildlife Centre.
Finding the caracals
Cofounder and Director of the Owl Rescue Centre, Danelle Murray provides insight into the rescue of the two baby caracals.
"The caracals were found abandoned (unfortunately no sign of the mother) in a veld between Sunnieshof and Delareyville In the North West Province of South Africa. We received a call from Judy Davidson from the South African Wildlife Centre on the night of 21 May asking for our assistance with the rescue." /\r\n/
Murray adds that due to the young age of the caracals the rescue needed to be treated with a sense of emergency.
"We drove late night and early morning hours to reach the kittens as soon as possible. They are still young and would be fully dependent on their mother at this age, so we wanted to get there as soon as we can," she said.
The two baby caracals estimated to be merely seven weeks old, were found in good health upon being rescued and were then transported by Owl Rescue representatives to the South African Wildlife Centre where they will be reared and taken care of.
"Once the caracals are old enough, they will be released following a 'soft release' process. This means that they will be supported throughout their adaption to a new environment until they become fully self-sufficient wild cats. Judy has over 30 years of experience in wildlife rehabilitation and care and is a trusted person when it comes to the well-being of these animals," explains Murray.
Murray says that this is the first rescue for caracals carried out by the team at the Owl Rescue Centre but adds that it is not the first time they have assisted in providing aid to several other animals.
"When we initially opened the centre we decided to focus our attention on owls because at that time they were one of the species that needed the most help. Over the years, this need has changed and we help out where we are needed and where we can. We have been involved in several rescues of wildlife (that are not owls) including an otter, warthog, secretary bird and brown hyena to name but a few."
Reporting abandoned baby Caracals
Murray provides some key tips on what to do when you come across abandoned baby caracals.
"Contact an experienced wildlife expert straight away to assess the situation. It is always best to try and reunite wildlife with their parents where possible. If this is not possible, they should always be cared for by someone with the necessary training and experience to meet their special needs and requirements. It is important that the public does not try and do this themselves. A reputable wildlife rescue centre will help you to conserve and protect these animals in the best possible way they can."
Caracals are often found in parts of Africa, Southwestern Asia and the Middle East. As medium-sized cats, these incredible animals are often found in solitude and do not move in groups. Known for their distinctive cough-like call these felines are also known to purr when they are content.
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