The Cape Town community is mourning the loss of a beloved local icon, Hermes, an adult male Caracal who tragically lost his life in a car accident. Hermes was known for his striking blue and green ear tags that made him a symbol of resilience and a mascot for the Urban Caracal Project.
Hermes’ Life and Adventures
Hermes’ journey began in 2018 when he was tagged by the Urban Caracal Project. His vibrant ear tags were essential for identification since caracals lack uniquely distinguishable markings. He became famous for his presence on Table Mountain’s trails, where he survived a car accident in 2018.
Despite his injuries, Hermes captivated the community with his calm and relaxed demeanor. His sightings on various occasions brought joy to the community, and he was even spotted with a fellow caracal companion. Hermes’ hunting prowess was also on display, where he was seen stalking and capturing a Cape grey mongoose.
Even his daredevil side left an impression, as evidenced by his natural agility and balance. The Urban Caracal Project lauded Hermes for his impressive stunt, attributing it to the species’ innate climbing and hunting skills.
As we reflect on Hermes’ remarkable life and adventures, we must recognize how he touched the hearts and minds of the Cape Town community. His presence brought joy, fascination, and a renewed appreciation for the natural world around us.
The Urban Caracal Project will continue to study and conserve caracals and their habitat for future generations. Hermes’ memory will undoubtedly live on through their ongoing efforts. As we bid farewell to this cherished caracal, we celebrate his contributions to our community and the conservation of his species. May his legacy inspire us all to continue appreciating the beauty of the natural world and protecting its wonders for years to come.