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Staff at Newquay Zoo are delighted with these new arrivals…
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