Surgery Saves Caracal’s Life

After successfully capturing this beautiful member of the wild cat
family, we discovered that the
caracal had a broken leg,
possibly as a result of having
been hit by a car.
Our resident vet, Dr Stephanie
Chatry, performed surgery to
pin the broken bone together.
Two months later, after a lot of
TLC (from a safe distance) and a
couple of x-rays, the surgery was
declared a success and the caracal
was released at Tygerberg Nature
reserve.

Before his release, Tyger (as
we named him) was fitted with a
radio collar by the Urban Caracal
Project, allowing us to monitor
his movements. Although it’s a
rather chunky looking piece of
equipment, the collar weighs less
than 200 grams and is designed
to fall off after three months.
This is the first time we’ve
been able to see how an animal
has fared after an intervention
by the SPCA. We were amazed
to see the massive distance he
covered, from the Tygerberg
Nature Reserve deep into the
west coast. Best of all was
the knowledge that Tyger had
suffered no lasting damage and
was able to cope perfectly in the
wild, where he belongs.