Caracal. RESEARCH by DdO:) - http://www.pinterest.com/DianaDeeOsborne/big-cats-little-cats/ Also called Desert Lynx altho NOT a lynx, probably because of long pointed ears w tufts. Wild big cat found in Africa, central Asia, SW Asia into India. Related to African Golden Cat the Serval. Fast strong enough to catch ostriches. Excellent acrobats, can catch birds. Dark red, gray, or golden tan with spots that disappear when they grow up.
Collar of coral, set turquoise and silver worn in Ladakh, Northern India. This one is original stringing on Yak hair collected in the field. late 19th/ early 20th c (private collection Linda Pastorino)