This rare lynx family was just caught on video in Canada
A lynx family was just spotted crossing a snowy highway in Manitoba — and the video is so cute.
Manitoba Hydro posted the short clip to Facebook on Thursday afternoon, crediting employee Shaun Kirchmann with capturing the rare event on his way to Grand Rapids.
In the video, five small lynxes trot across the snowy road, obediently following a parent lynx.
⚠️ CAUTION: Canadian Lynx Crossing ⚠️ A man spotted a family of Canadian Lynx crossing a highway in rural Manitoba 😻- 📹 Shaun Kirchmann #Canada #Manitoba #Wildlife #Lynx #FridayMorning pic.twitter.com/unYOcaBMX2— Freshdaily (@freshdaily) February 14, 2020
Adorably, the parent lynx pauses halfway, turning to make sure that the young kittens are following.
Three kittens confidently bound across the road, while the other two hesitate, scanning cautiously.
Kirchmann's sighting is particularly rare, considering that the lynx population in Canada is thought to hover around 8,000 — and the species is nocturnal.
My, what big feet you have, Canada lynx! This wild cat specializes in hunting snowshoe hares in snowy, densely vegetated forests. Its broad, well-furred paws & fast reflexes aid it in keeping up with the ever-agile hare. [📸: Keith Williams] pic.twitter.com/Ss9JYenzVb— American Museum of Natural History (@AMNH) January 20, 2020
The Facebook video has already received thousands of likes and comments.
I watched until the very end.......had to be sure that they ALL crossed. 🐾🐾— Gayle Peltier (@GaylePeltier) February 14, 2020
A few Canadians were concerned about the last little straggler.
I defy anyone trying to watch this without waiting until the last kitty is safely in the woods.— 👡 Bloombergs Sex Harrassment Lawsuits of Color 👡 (@WamsuttaLives) February 14, 2020
While others couldn't resist the opportunity to make a well-timed pun.
Thanks for sharing the lynx to that story.— Terry Lazarou (@TerryLazarou) February 14, 2020
And some were just excited that someone managed to capture the rare sighting on film.
This is one of the coolest things I've ever seen from wild Manitoba.— Oly Backstrom (@OlyBackstrom) February 13, 2020
Although Canada lynx are endangered, the threat to the population is considered to be low.
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