Blynx

Blynx
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Feliformia
Family: Felidae
Subfamily: Felinae
Genus: Lynx
Species:

A blynx is the hybrid offspring of a bobcat and a Canada lynx, two closely related species in the genus Lynx.

Reported bobcat/lynx hybrids[edit]

The first evidence of a blynx, based on genetic analysis, was reported from Minnesota.[1]

In August 2003, biologists in Maine captured a blynx and deemed it a sterile fluke of nature.[2] They released it with a tracking collar to observe its behavior; the collar was placed too tightly, however, and the blynx died of starvation.[2]

Soon after, another reported blynx was seen in Michigan, this one a female with a litter of kittens.[2] This disproved the theory that the blynx was a sterile hybrid like the mule.[2] Another female blynx gave birth in summer 2003 in Maine after being trapped that winter.[1]

Appearance[edit]

A blynx is a medium-sized cat with ears that curl back and are black-tipped like its Canada lynx parent. Its face more closely resembles that of its bobcat parent and it may or may not have spots. Like both parents, it has a very short tail or lacks one altogether.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Lynx-bobcat hybridization". Canada Lynx of the Great Lakes Region. University of Minnesota Duluth. 2005. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d Jung, Jim (2003). "Blynx, the animal". WHTC Nature Almanac. Retrieved 4 March 2013.