An­i­mal of the week

Eurasian lynx

The Week - Junior - - Animals And The Environment -

Last month, a Eurasian lynx es­caped from its en­clo­sure at Borth Wild An­i­mal King­dom in Wales. Lilith, who is twice the size of a pet cat, is be­lieved to have leapt over an elec­tri­fied fence.

LIFE­SPAN IN THE WILD: On av­er­age, lynx live un­til their early teens (but have reached 24 years old in cap­tiv­ity).

HABI­TAT: Eurasian lynx mostly live in forested ar­eas across Rus­sia, western Europe and Cen­tral Asia.

DIET: Lynx mainly eat large mam­mals such as red and roe deer, but will also prey on beavers, birds, wild pigs and rab­bits if deer are nowhere to be seen.

FUN FACT: Dur­ing the win­ter months, their paws be­come cov­ered in long, dense hair, which helps cre­ate a kind of snow­shoe, help­ing the lynx travel through snow.

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