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European Lynx – Inca
Inca arrived at the refuge in August 2005 when she was just 12 weeks old, she was part of a litter that was not required. She was a very lively and active kitten loving nothing more than playing around the refuge and receiving the attention of Pam and Darren. Inca is now fully grown but often still behaves like a kitten when she sees Pam and Darren. She loves to use her hunting skills on toys that are provided for her in her enclosure and particularly loves activity balls and frozen treats in the summer.
Lynx are found throughout the northern world from Siberia to Scandinavia, Canada and the USA and were once common in the Scottish Highlands. They prefer to live in coniferous forests with dense undergrowth, but have now adapted to living in other kinds of terrain. Lynx have very acute vision and will stalk their prey over long distances or wait patiently to ambush before making their kill. They mainly hunt by night and catch most medium sized mammals. In captivity they are fed on birds, rabbit and beef with supplements and have either one or two starve days a week, as they would not kill and eat every day in the wild.
Their conservation status is that of least concern and they can live for up to 21 years in captivity.
Lynx have been observed to mew, hiss growl and purr in similar ways to domestic cats and will ‘chatter’ to prey just out of their reach.
Did you know that just like domestic kittens when lynx are born they are blind and helpless weighing around 10 oz.