"Caracal-Minton" is the 26th episode of the first season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on April 2, 2012. The episode was written and directed by Martin Kratt.
In this episode, a caracal leaps into the air and snatches Aviva's birdie while the Wild Kratts are playing badminton. Aviva breaks down into tears, but the Kratt brothers assure her that they will find the caracal and retrieve the birdie.
The episode begins with a live action segment, which shows the Kratt brothers showing off the high jump-heights of two African wild-cats: the caracal and the serval. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" question and "transform into their animated selves".
The Wild Kratts are playing badminton in the African savanna. Jimmy is unable to return any of Aviva's serves, and therefore loses the round. Not only that, thanks to Aviva's rough serves, all of the birdies are broken. Aviva improvises, and after digging through the Tortuga, she shows off a family heirloom: the Corcovado Birdie. Everybody is amazed, and the tournament continues. The Kratt brothers tie after two rallies, but on the third, a caracal leaps into the air and snatches the birdie. Aviva then breaks down into tears because she lost her heirloom, but the Kratt brothers assure her that they will retrieve it.
The Kratt brothers end up near a gaggle of guineafowl. Eventually, the guineafowls screech, and the caracal leaps up into the air and catches one. They easily lose the caracal, however, until they find it near a river bank. They see it drink from the river, and afterwards leap away from the jaws of a crocodile. After analyzing the moves, the caracal disappears yet again. They then call Aviva and tell her to make a "Guineafowl Flapper". Soon after, the Kratt brothers find the caracal and watch it catch two guineafowl. However, the caracal had to leave its prey behind after a cheetah arrived to snack on the prey. The Kratt brothers head back to the Tortuga after activating their Cheetah Creature Power Suits. They deactivate after crashing into the Tortuga.
The Kratt brothers miniaturize and hop into the recently completed Guineafowl Flapper and fly off. Not long after, the caracal jumps and catches their transport. Martin names the caracal Hang Time. Hang Time takes them to her den. Just when they see the birdie, Hang Time's two kittens wreck the Guineafowl Flapper. To save themselves, the Kratt brothers call and tell Aviva to make Caracal Discs. Aviva quickly finishes the discs, and Jimmy teleports them. The Kratt brothers activate Caracal Power and escape the Guineafowl Flapper. Martin grabs the birdie and the Kratt brothers exit the den with the caracal kittens chasing them. Then a spotted eagle owl snatches one of the caracal kittens, which Martin names Pounce More, and the Kratt brothers, but due their combined weight, the eagle drops all three into the savanna grass. Even though the grass is tall, Martin spots the den, and they head back. Afterwards, the Kratt brothers head back to the Tortuga and hand Aviva her birdie. At the end, they continue their badminton tournament, still in the Creature Power Suits.
The show transitions into the ending live action segment, which shows the Kratt brothers playing badminton with the serval. After the serval snatches three birdies, the Kratt brothers call it the champion of "caracal-minton" despite the fact that the caracal did not participate. Afterwards, the Kratt brothers conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"
Key facts and Creature Moments
- Caracals can vertical jump around eight feet in the air to catch fleeing birds.
- This is the second appearance of the Cheetah Power Suit.
- This is the first appearance of the Guineafowl Flapper.
- "Caracal-Minton" is the second Wild Kratts episode featuring a wildcat.