Wild on WANE: Lynx

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) They have very strong back legs and very strong back leg muscles to help them pounce and leap for hunting. And if you’re you’re hunting for some big cats, look no further than the Central Zoo.

There you’ll find two Lynx named Thor and Loki.

A lot of people get these guys confused with bobcats. One way you can kind of tell them apart is lynx are gonna have more tufts on their ears – it’s gonna be longer. And also, these guys, if you look at the black on their tail, it goes completely around their tail. Bobcats’ does not – it’s black on the top and white on the back part.

In the wild, these lynx eat snowshoe hares and rodents. Here at the zoo, the staff feed them some special treats: frozen mice tied up with willow branches, more commonly known as Lynx freeze pops.

Since they are cats and cats do like to sleep. These guys are most active in the morning before and they are fed at night.

Thor and Loki are native to the northern U.S. states and Canada, that’s why they’ve got such thick fur. So, they’re big fans of the winter time – and they stay out all year round – not big fans of this summer weather.

They have big feet that can kind of act like snowshoes – so they can walk on top of the snow very well.

They can run very fast. They can also do some kitty parkour. They can jump off the branches, they can jump off the side of the cage when they see something that they really want or they’re just feeling really excited.

They also have very good eyesight. They can see up to 250 feet away.

Because of their hunting skill, the zookeepers are very hands-off with the lynx at the Zoo.

We do not go in there with them. When we do go in to service the exhibit, they stay in the back vestibule.

They get along very well. You have a little tiff every once and a while, but they get along quite well.

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