Lynx in zoo shares food and friendship with homeless kitten

A homeless kitten — a calico house cat — hungry and alone in the world, snuck into the European Lynx enclosure in Russia’s St. Petersburg’s Zoo in search of food.

The lynx, many times bigger than the kitten, not only shared her food and water with the kitten, the two have become best friends.

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According to locals, the calico cat was only a kitten when she first stumbled into the lynx enclosure. Instead of rejecting or fighting off the tiny intruder, the lynx embraced her visitor with open paws and a big, warm heart.

Since the calico was only a kitten when the pair first formed a bond, the kitten looks at the lynx like her mother. The once-lonely lynx returns the cat’s affection.

Happily, zoo employees adopted the homeless cat, and the lynx and cat now live in the same enclosure.

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The lynx is a medium-sized wild feline found in the remote northern forests of North America, Europe, and Asia. Solitary by nature, the lynx hunts at night, but are themselves hunted by humans for their coat.

The St. Petersburg Zoo, aka Leningradskiy Zoopark (Leningrad Zoo), is Russia’s oldest zoo, founded in 1865. Today, the zoo houses more than 400 species, numbering 2,000 animals.

Here’s a video of cat and lynx lovingly grooming each other:

Source: Earthporm

H/t FOTM’s maziel

“Be kind. Be kind. And you will become a saint.”

-St. Vincent de Paul (1581-1660)


7 responses to “Lynx in zoo shares food and friendship with homeless kitten

  1. What a beautiful story!! Loved the video of them grooming each other. I am so glad the zoo let the kitten stay, everybody needs a best friend. 😊

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  3. I had a lynx on my first 40 acres; I’ll never forget the large paw prints in the snow for such a small animal. The large paws enable it to survive more easily in snowy climates. It was absolutely silent, never let itself be seen, even when it took a fully grown Peking duck.

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  4. 🙂


  5. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this beautiful and touching post. I love it. The lynx and the kitty are so loving and dear! What holiness!


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