Last week my family and I met our friends Terri Werner (Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge) and Mike Gilley at Jim Broaddus’ Bear Creek Feline Center in Panama City, Fla.
It was a wonderful trip as we learned much about several unique species of cats and it inspired me to do a three-part blog this week beginning with this one on the Siberian lynx, of which several reside at the center.
I had only seen juveniles of this species in person and was impressed with the size. They were much taller than the largest bobcats I have seen and were beautifully marked with a regal, powerful look.
Here are some facts about this incredible species:
#Siberian lynx regularly kill prey 3-4 times their size.
#They can jump as high as 10 feet in the air and have been documented catching birds in flight.
#The species is an excellent swimmer.
#The Lord built them with wide-webbed paws that keep them from sinking in deep snow and hair on the bottom of those paws for traction and warmth.
#They engage in numerous vocalizations ranging from growls to “spits” but they are not a BIG cat. Science only considers those that can roar (lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards) as big cats.
Check back in Wednesday for an article on the mysterious jaguarundi.
Chester Moore, Jr.