Animals of the world, Lynx

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  • There are four species of short-tailed cats within the Lynx genus: Spanish, Canadian, Eurasian lynx and the bobcat.
  • Lynx are long-legged, large-pawed cats with characteristic tufts of black hair on the tips of their ears, hairy soles, and a broad, short head.
  • Lynx colouring varies according to their climate; from gold to beige-white to medium brown. Some have dark brown spots, especially on their legs. All lynx have white chests and bellies and on the insides of their legs
  • Nocturnal and silent except during the mating season, lynx lives alone or in small groups.
  • The lynx inhabits high altitude forests with dense cover of shrubs, reeds, and tall grass.
  • Although this cat hunts on the ground, it can climb trees and can swim swiftly.
  • Of the four lynx species, the Eurasian lynx is the largest in size.
  • It feeds on a wide range of animals from white tailed deer, reindeer, roe deer, small red deer, and chamois, to smaller prey like snowshoe hares, fish, foxes, sheep, squirrels, mice, turkeys and other birds, and goats.
  • Lynx can live over 14 years in the wild.

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