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Staff at Newquay Zoo are de­lighted with these new ar­rivals…

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Newquay Zoo in Corn­wall has re­cently wel­comed two adorable ad­di­tions to their wildlife col­lec­tion.

Born in May, the fluffy Eurasian twin lynx cubs were dis­cov­ered in the en­clo­sure af­ter their mother, Kicsi, didn’t show up for her reg­u­lar feed­ing times.

The kit­tens are al­most two months old now, and have been spot­ted by zoo staff play­ing to­gether and with their older sis­ter, Tink, who was born in May last year.

The twins are be­ing kept away from pub­lic view for now, while Kicsi and their fa­ther, Boomer, watch their new ar­rivals closely.

Kicsi also of­ten car­ries them in her mouth while walk­ing through the lynx house.

Mike Down­man, the zoo’s se­nior car­ni­vore keeper, said he was over the moon about the lit­tle ones.

‘I’d sus­pected Kicsi was preg­nant for a while,

so when she stopped ap­pear­ing for food, I thought it was a sign that she was guard­ing some­thing,’ he said.

‘And, as it turned out, she was in fact guard­ing the two lit­tle kit­tens.’

The Eurasian lynx has quite dis­tinc­tive fea­tures, with black tufts of hair at the tips of their ears and a long white fa­cial ‘ruff’.

They also have a pat­terned coat with dark spots.

Sadly, these an­i­mals are threat­ened by il­le­gal hunt­ing for their fur, but there have been many suc­cess­ful at­tempts to rein­tro­duce them to some ar­eas of the wild.

Hunted for fur

Adorable pair

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