Blynx

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A blynx is the hybrid offspring of a bobcat and a Canada lynx, the name implies a hybrid of bobcat and lynx, though taxonomically, both are in the Lynx genus and both have short tails.

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.

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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.