Yesterday, on our drive into town, we enjoyed a rare sight – a lynx was sitting in the middle of a snow-covered road. I recognized it immediately by the distinctive outline. Alas, we did not get a picture of this particular cat, as it crossed the road and slipped back into the woods.
If you are not familiar with these big cats, Lynx are good climbers and swimmers. They have thick coats and broad paws, which they use to support their weight on snow – think snowshoes! The lynx’s diet is almost exclusively snowshoe hares – which we have around here in abundance – or other medium-sized mammals and birds.
Some interesting trivia…. The lynx is considered a national animal in the Republic of Macedonia and is displayed on the reverse of the 5 denar coin. It is also the national animal of Romania.
It is always magical to see a wild Lynx!