After Germany won the World Cup, I wanted to write about an animal from Germany and found that the Eurasian Lynx can be found there, so they are the topic for today’s post.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- They are the largest species of lynx in the world and the third largest carnivore in Europe, behind the brown bear and grey wolf. They can grow to up to 130 centimetres long and weigh up to 30 kilograms.
- They are very strong for their size and mainly hunt deer, but can also hunt smaller mammals and birds if deer are hard to find.
- They have very thick fur that is well suited for living in cold climates and their big hairy paws act like snowshoes when walking in snow. They have shorter fur in summer.
- Eurasian lynx give birth to 1-4 kittens at a time. The kittens live with their mother for about 10 months, which is when the next breeding season starts.
- They have a very wide range and are found throughout Europe and large parts of Asia, with 90% of the world’s population found in the forests of Siberia in Russia. They were hunted to extinction in Germany in 1850, but recent efforts to reintroduce them have been successful. They have also been reintroduced to other parts of Western Europe.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Eurasian lynx?