Last week my family and I met our friends Terri Werner (Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge) and Mike Gilley at Jim Broaddus’ Bear Creek Feline Center in Panama City, Fla.
It was a wonderful trip as we learned much about several unique species of cats and it inspired me to do a three-part blog this week beginning with this one on the Siberian lynx, of which several reside at the center.
I had only seen juveniles of this species in person and was impressed with the size. They were much taller than the largest bobcats I have seen and were beautifully marked with a regal, powerful look.
Here are some facts about this incredible species:
#Siberian lynx regularly kill prey 3-4 times their size.
#They can jump as high as 10 feet in the air and have been documented catching birds in flight.
#The species is an excellent swimmer.
#The Lord built them with wide-webbed paws that keep them from sinking in deep snow and hair on the bottom of those paws for traction and warmth.
#They engage in numerous vocalizations ranging from growls to “spits” but they are not a BIG cat. Science only considers those that can roar (lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards) as big cats.
Check back in Wednesday for an article on the mysterious jaguarundi.
Chester Moore, Jr.
Source: Kingdom Zoo