The prey and predator – the dassie brood are skittish at the moment; they make a very tasty snack for the caracal. Our neighbours have sighted a caracal (rooikat or lynx) in their garden. At the slightest of disturbance our resident dassies are quick to take cover between the rocks. The rooikat likes to hunt at dawn or dusk, but occasionally we get glimpses during the day. Probably 50% or last year’s dassie brood have survived; this year at this point there are about 15 babies in the colony. The Rooikat (Caracal caracal) is a well-built animal with strong legs, remarkably large paws and a relatively short tail. It is elusive and shy and not easily spotted. The photo above was taken by a friend on a hike in the West Coast Coastal Park.