Hello and hi. Pictured above is a lynx. Am guessing you know that a lynx is any of the FOUR species within the Lynx genus of medium-sized wild cats, which includes the bobcat. Also, the name ‘lynx’ originated in Middle English via Latin from the Greek word λύγξ,derived from the Indo-European root leuk (light, brightness) in reference to the luminescense of its reflective eyes. So yeah, a lynx is a big wild cat. In addition, the lynx is a solitary cat (aren’t they all?) but sometimes they will travel and hunt together.
So recently, a lynx escaped from a zoo here in England. It has caused plenty of fear and upset. Small children are being kept indoors. I am not even making this up. In fact, police with helicopter and night vision equipment were recently looking for this lynx which had absconded from a Devon zoo. Am guessing that the police in Devon don’t have much work there in terms of criminals and robberies and therefore find it necessary to use their resources hunting animals which have absconded. I do understand. Or not.
Flavia, a 2 year old male lynx arrived at Dartmoor Zoo, near Plymouth last Wednesday. Am guessing he was taken there against his will. No lynx willingly chooses a zoo over freedom. So anyway, the following morning, the zoo keepers went to check on Flavia-to see how he had settled in. And guess what? NO Flavia. Turns out that lynx chewed through a board in its enclosure and broke out. Flavia went in search of his freedom and acted accordingly. Yes indeed.
Devon and Cornwall Police warned residents in a nearby village that a rather large cat was on the prowl. The local schools did not open that day for fear of the school children being eaten by a wild lynx. FYI lynx feed on a wild variety of animals to include:
- goats and
In the history of the world, lynx have never been known to eat school children. I am telling the truth here-I really am.
In addition to the police on the prowl for a rather large cat, members of the British Big Society in Plymouht tried to look for Flavia with a thermal imaging camera. Still NO Flavia. The Zoo staff also set 25 humane traps in and around the zoo but you know what-Flavia was way too smart to get caught. Zoo operations manager, George Hyde said Flavia was deliverd into his enclosure at 7pm, by 730pm he was settled and was tucking into the mini bar that was in his cage. Kidding. The keepers saw that Flavia was ok and retired for the evening. When they checked on Flavia the next morning at 10am he was G-O-N-E. That clever Lynx had found a weakness on the interior of the cage-which had not been discovered by the previous Lynx who had lived in that very same enclosure for 8 years.
So it has been a few days now, and still NO Flavia. You see that Lynx had voted ‘leave’ in BREXIT/the referendum. And that is exactly what he did. Flavia is free and he aint never coming back.
And WHY this post on a lynx? Well, I simply can not (nor will I) blog about:
- Tereasa May
- Andrea Leadsom
- Michael Gove
- Andy Murray
Blogging about Flavia seemed like a good topic. Hope you enjoyed it.
#BewareFlavia #FlaviaIsFreeNow #RunFlaviaRun