By Katy Gill
A Caracal cat has been captured prowling on camera, in an extremely rare sighting.
The notoriously elusive Caracal cat was spotted by a pair of paragliders who happened to be in the area.
The animal prowls around the area in the short clip, seemingly oblivious to the two men.
Caracal cats are known for being territorial, and paired with the fact that they’re nocturnal animals, make them a rare find in the wild.
Louis Stanford, 42, started filming after being shocked by seeing the animal in person in Lions Head, Cape Town, South Africa.
Louis said: “My friend Iain and I had travelled to Lions Head to paraglide.
“As we reached our launch mat, Iain spotted the cat in the bushes, finishing up a meal.
“I started filming, and also approached the cat, which became skittish and disappeared along the ridge.
“We couldn’t believe our good luck at seeing such a rare sight, and we very surprised at how unperturbed it was by our presence.
“Caracals have very occasionally been spotted at Lions Head, but no-one has ever obtained footage.
“I think it stayed in the vicinity for about 10 minutes before disappearing down the mountain, passing in-between groups of oblivious hikers.
“I don’t think they’re known to be dangerous to humans, but they do have a reputation for hunting cats and dogs – many owners have lost pets,
or worse, discovered bits of pet in their garden.”