BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — They're still too shy to see visitors. In fact, they haven't even had their first exam by the veterinarian. But the two Canada lynx kittens born April 26 are sure to be main attraction soon at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport.
Their mother is still extremely protective of the two Canada Lynx babies, or Felis lynx . The zoo staff is respecting her need for privacy for several more weeks. The two kittens appear to be healthy, and a quick peek into their den showed that their eyes are open.
“At just 3 weeks old, it will be a while before the kittens venture out in public,” said Zoo Director Gregg Dancho. “They are just starting to explore the world around them.”
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is home to both of the parents. The dad, Sasquatch, is originally from the Minnesota Zoo and was born in May 1991. The mom is Selma, from Hogle Zoo in Utah and born in May 1992.
Their twins are expected to be on exhibit at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo early this summer.
“This birth is very significant for the Zoo in that it is a first for us. The lynx are among the favorite animals here at the Zoo,” Dancho said. “Their behavior is so entertaining that our guests never get tired of watching them.”
Anyone interested in naming the kittens can bid on the opportunity at the auction at the Wild Wine Safari on June 3.
The Canada Lynx is light brown to gray in color, similar in appearance to a Bobcat but larger with longer legs. The tip of their tail is black, and they have long black ear tufts, giving them their distinctive appearance.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for information.