June 24, 2021
The Buddy System
- as seen by -Ron Magill
These two Canada lynx were relaxing on a cool May morning at the Minnesota Zoo when one began to lick the other into shape. This went on for quite some time with each taking turns grooming the other. I was amused at their expressions. It certainly seemed to be a great experience for both lynx.
Canada lynx (Lynx canadensis) are medium-sized cats that have a thick grayish-brown coat and short tail. They are easily identified by the pointed tufts of fur on their ears and cheeks. Their oversized paws act as snowshoes to prevent them from sinking in deep snow during the harsh winters of their native range, which spans Alaska, Canada, and portions of the northern and western United States. In the US, they are protected under the Endangered Species Act where their numbers have declined mainly from habitat destruction and, historically, unsustainable trapping for their beautiful fur.
Nikon D4s with Nikkor AFS 200-400mm f/4 Lens