Canadian lynx – The Gray Ghost in the Forest

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Disclaimer: Today, it’s all about ghosts! Therefore, be sure to be conscious in every single word you read!!


Until you come across the ghost in North, let’s get to know some amazing facts on this creature. A popular myth that many of you might still hold is that, the Canada Lynx and the Bobcat are the same!

Well, let’s be clear about this here onwards!!

They are not the same! Moreover, though they are not the same, still they both are kinds of Lynxes! And usually Bobcat is relatively smaller than the Canada Lynx but people get confused these two creatures more often, seeing random well grown Bobcats who exhibit much similar characteristics to the Canada Lynx. However, in this article, we have brought you many interesting differences in between these two species that you might have never heard of and many amazing facts of Canada Lynx who is twice as the size of a household cat!

And that’s why we say, the Canada Lynx is twice as interesting as your Chonky kitty!!

Wanna know more?!

More you read more you gain…!

Who is Canada Lynx?

Well, Canada Lynx is a mammalian who belongs to the family of Felidae. Their order is carnivore and the suborder is recognized as Feliformia. Out of the 8.7 million species estimated by the scientists to be living in this world, only a minority of 19% animals have been described so far by them. Canada Lynx was also included into this minor category, after it was first described by Robert Kerr in 1792. And under the genus of Lynx, four types of Lynxes have been described as Canadian Lynx, Bobcat, Iberian Lynx and the Eurasian Lynx. Moreover, Canada Lynx is scientifically known as Lynx Canadensis.

Compared to Bobcat, Canadian Lynx has longer ears and legs but Bobcats are more dangerous than Canadian Lynx. Further,  Canadian Lynx is easily identifiable along with its small body size compared to Eurasian Lynx which is the largest sized one found in this family. And its rear limbs are longer compared to its fore limbs, making it sloped downwards towards the front. Further, its fur coat is dynamic as an adaption to the winter that it gets longer in winter and shorter in summer. And this creature who is also known as grey ghost has an absolute tolerance in winter. It grows around 48 to 56 cm and weighs 5 to 17 kg. And he is a fashionable individual that nature has gifted them with nice furry paws which make them look like walking on snow with snow boots on!

What about the Lifestyle of the Canada Lynx and Any Fun Facts?

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The Canadian Lynx predominantly lives in forests in Canada and marks their territories similarly to the other cats by urinating and shedding feces everywhere in order to symbolize their territory. And the female territories are smaller compared to male and they often overlap extensively one another. Once they are sexually matured (females by 21 months and males by 33 months), their mating period comes usually in February to March every year and usually around one to eight kittens are given birth in a single parturition after around couple of months of pregnancy. The kittens are taken care of by the female Lynx usually and even the orientation of the kitten for everything around, including hunting is given by the female. And the life span of this creature leads up to seven years.

Our fellow, Canadian Lynx is kind of a glutton! Why I say so is because its favorite diet is snow hare and can you believe that the popularity of Canadian Lynx in an area is determined based on the abundance of snow hare in that particular area. And the reason behind this direct relationship is actually because the Canada Lynx tends to move towards areas with a high availability of snow hare whom have been the main bait of Lynx with a weight of 35 to 97 percent out of its full diet. In addition to that, they also eat animals such as mice, squirrels and birds. And when a Canadian Lynx is starving, a snow hare is enough for it for a single meal and otherwise they usually hunt a hare once every two to three days.

Unlike the other species who have 30 teeth, Canada Lynx has only 28 and they uprightly perform the task of biting the prey deeply as much as possible! Moreover, perhaps you may find it difficult to believe that Canadian Lynx is capable of killing even a healthy wolf! And it is a great pleasure to inform you that, keeping the Canada Lynxes at home as a pet is not considered guilty in most parts of the world and therefore, based on the prevailing restrictions, you are free to take the challenge of disciplining this wild cat to a domestic environment on your desire! And in case one of your neighbor really does so, here’s a fact for your relief, that no human attacks throughout the history have been reported by Canada Lynxes yet! 🙂

Grey Ghosts’ Special Abilities

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When it comes to Canada Lynx’s abilities, the most apparent thing is,

Wait! Guess what…?!

While you keep reading this article regardless of the surrounding,

the cursed soul in black is looking at you now in lynx eyed right beside you !!

Woah woah woah…! No worries..!! No one is beside you and it’s just kind of a directional prevarication!!!

In fact, I was just trying to demonstrate you the phrase: “Lynx eyed”, which you might have already heard of hundreds of times in your life. My apologies and let’s get real this time.

Chop chop!! Back to the drawing board!

Regardless of any doubt, we all have heard this phrase “Lynx eyed” at least once in our lives. However, in case anyone is interested, the phrase: “Lynx eyed” is used when we need to emphasize the sharp vision of a creature either a human, animal or a cursed soul…

And you can count on me this time!

Indeed, this is a fact that this popular phrase came into use, due to the verbatim of “Lynx” who has a keen and quick sighted vision. Moreover, Lynx has an outstanding night vision which holds the credits of them being exceptionally sneaky hunters at night.

They have an extremely sharp vision that, according to National Geographic, Lynx can spot a prey 250 feet away even in dark !

And by the way, now it’s your turn!

So, how long it took for you, to spot the soul RIGHT BEHIND you (that I earlier said just NOT BESIDE you)?!!

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