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Lynx Keeping an Eye on its Surroundings
The Eurasian lynx keeps a watchful eye out as it exits its den. (source)

Letty the Eurasian lynx wakes up on a sunny day, having had a good nap in the safety of her den located in the thick brush of the forest. She created this den asa security method from other animals, as Eurasian lynx like to be left alone. She carefully makes her way out of her den, her belly growling for some food, since the last time she ate was yesterday evening when she went out hunting for squirrels. Letty knows that she is able to do her best hunting early in the morning or in the evening, so she gets a move on, using her ear tufts, whiskers, sight, smell and hearing to take in her surroundings. She is looking for small animals because she thinks vegetables are gross!

Letty doesn't move too far from her den when she spots a small rabbit near a bush a few feet away. She eyes him, and with her amazing stalking skills, she is able to sneak up on him very quietly. When she is nearer, she POUNCES and catches the rabbit in one try. Letty is a pro when it comes to stalking and pouncing, and her size (she is the largest cat in the lynx family) allows her to overpower the prey.

A few hours after her meal, Letty decides to have some fun in the trees of her forest, climbing them and perching herself on some low limbs. Afterwards, she finds a small creek to play in, jumping in and out. This makes Letty really sleepy and as the sun begins to set, she crawls back into her den for a well deserved sleep. Goodnight Letty.

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True or False

Eurasian lynx are the largest in the lynx family. T/F

TRUE, the Eurasian lynx is the largest in the lynx family, and averages: Length-19-35 inches, Height-16-22 inches (from feet to shoulder), and Weight-18-60 pounds.

The Eurasian lynx is native to Africa. T/F

FALSE, the Eurasian lynx is native to European countries.

The Eurasian lynx is an omnivore. T/F

FALSE, the Eurasian lynx is a carnivore eats small animals like rabbits, birds, rodents, and even small deer.

The Eurasian lynx and the Canadian lynx are the same animal. T/F

FALSE, there is an entire family of lynx and the Eurasian and Canadian are two different species.

The Eurasian lynx has black tufts of fur on the tips of its ears. T/F

TRUE, this is one of the most noticeable features of the Eurasian lynx.