Eurasian Lynx

Lynx lynx

The Eurasian Lynx is an inhabitant of European and Siberian forests, where it preys on hares, rabbits, rodents, wild boar, chamois, foxes, roe deer and reindeer. This lynx cannot run quickly for a long time, so it hunts by performing a quick ambush. When a Eurasian lynx has killed a large animal, it buries the uneaten part and comes back next day to finish it. The Eurasian lynx is the third largest predator in Europe after the brown bear and the wolf.

This cat is solitary, except for mothers with cubs. A male territory can overlap several female territories. A female usually gives birth to two kittens per season.

The Eurasian lynx has long legs and feet, and in winter its fur on the bottom of the feet grows densely. These adaptations make it easier for this cat to move through deep snow.

Picture taken in the Attica Zoological Park, Athens, Greece, in July 2008.

Genus Lynx
Family Felidae
Superfamily Feloidea
Order Carnivora
Subclass Eutheria
Class Mammalia
Subphylum Vertebrata
Phylum Chordata
Kingdom Animalia
Life on Earth