Return to nature: Lynx released in the wild

Aug 01, 2016, 15:19 IST | mid-day online correspondent

A lynx is released from its cage into the wild, in Kaiserlautern, western Germany

A lynx is released from its cage into the wild, in Kaiserlautern, western Germany.

A lynx is released from its cage into the wild, in Kaiserlautern, western Germany
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Three lynxes were released in this area. One male named Lucky, one year old, and two females Luna, 5 and Kaja, 3.

A lynx is released from its cage into the wild, in Kaiserlautern, western Germany

A lynx is any of the four species within the Lynx genus of medium-sized wild cats, which includes the bobcat. It's name is derived from the Indo-European root leuk, which means light or brightness, in reference to the luminescence of its reflective eyes.

A lynx is released from its cage into the wild, in Kaiserlautern, western Germany

There are 4 species of lynxes namely - Eurasian, Canada, Iberian and Bobcat. It's usually a solitary animal, although a small group of lynx may travel and hunt together occasionally. Mating takes place in the late winter and once a year the female gives birth to between one and four kittens.

The lynx creates its den in crevices or under ledges and feeds on a wide range of animals from white-tailed deer, reindeer, roe deer, small red deer, and chamois, to smaller, more usual prey: snowshoe hares, fish, foxes, sheep, squirrels, mice, turkeys and other birds, and goats. It also eats ptarmigans, voles, and grouse.

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