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Caracals in Cape Town exposed to ‘forever chemicals’ around the ...


Caracals in Cape Town exposed to ‘forever chemicals’ around the city

Where prey for the feline is plentiful, so are manmade toxins

Senior features writer

Toxins were found in most blood samples and every fat tissue sample taken from caracals living on the edge of Cape Town, says carnivore ecologist Dr Gabriella Leighton, the local coordinator of the Urban Caracal Project (http://www.urbancaracal.org/).

The results showed the threat that persistent pollutants in the environment pose to Cape Town’s apex predators, but also to Capetonians.

The caracals with higher levels of exposure to pollutants had higher levels of infection-fighting cells, suggesting they affect their immune systems...

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