Watch This Insanely Athletic Caracal Cat Go Airborne and Snatch a Flying Bird

Written by Colby Maxwell
Updated: August 30, 2023
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Key Points:

  • The video showcases a caracal crouched down, ready to pounce on its target in the sky.
  • With a burst of energy, the caracal leaps into the air like a released spring.
  • In slow motion, a bird enters the frame, revealing the caracal’s focus on it as a potential meal.

If you think you’ve seen some impressive feats of agility, wait until you see this video with a caracal cat snatching a bird. The caracal is a medium-sized wildcat that lives in Africa and Asia. Next, you’re about to see what makes this cat one of the best hunters on the planet, even if it’s quite a bit smaller than large cats like a lion.

In the video (make sure to watch it below), you can see a caracal crouched down. The cat has its sights set on something ahead of it in the sky. Suddenly, the cat bursts up from the ground and leaps into the air like a spring releasing tension! In total slow motion, the bird slowly enters the frame, and it’s clear that the caracal had been eyeing this bird as a potential dinner.

Types of wild cats - Caracal
Caracals are a type of small wildcat and are known for their incredible feats of agility.


As the caracal leaps into the air, it snatches the bird with a razor-sharp claw. Next, it does something incredible: while in the air, it transfers the snagged bird from one claw into its paws together, then it transfers the bird to its mouth so it can land on both of its front feet while they are free.

To make things even more impressive, the caracal snatches the bird all while flying in a near-perfect circle, as the momentum from its jump carries it around like in a strange summersault. It looks like a professional acrobat that could show out against even the Olympians that humans put forward for being agile!

One of the Fastest Cats On Earth

The caracal snatches birds and other prey up with ease thanks to its fast speed.


The caracal is one of more than 30 species of small wildcats, and it is the fastest of them all. With its incredible athleticism, it can hunt birds, rodents, rabbits, and even gazelles. It is also a solitary and nocturnal animal, so it prefers to hunt alone at night. In the video clip, you can see it’s near sunset, which makes it the perfect time for caracal hunting!

The next time you watch a sports event, remember that there’s a cat out there that can do things that humans can only dream of. The caracal is truly an insanely athletic animal and one that we should respect and also protect.

Check Out The Video Below!

Take a peek at this amazingly agile big cat catching a bird in midair! It looks to be anywhere from 8 to ten feet off of the ground, you won’t want to miss this!

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About the Author

Colby is a freelance writer from Charlotte, North Carolina. When he isn't distracted by his backyard birdfeeder, you can find him camping, exploring, and telling everyone around him about what he's recently learned. There's a whole world to learn about and Colby is content to spend his life learning as much as he can about it!

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