Two Lynx kittens born June 5 at Vienna’s Schönbrunn Zoo like to play all day! The kittens scramble up tree trunks and explore their naturally wooded habitat. But when they take too many chances, mom grabs them gently by the neck and carries them out of the way.
Photo Credits: Norbert Potensky, Franz Wunsch
The kittens are still nursing but have started tasting small pieces of meat. Finding them in their wooded enclosure requires patience – their brown spotted coats provide excellent camouflage for the youngsters, who are about the size of housecats right now.
Lynx are well adapted to live in temperate forests. Their huge paws act like snowshoes to prevent the cats from sinking into deep snow. Tufts of hair at the tips of the ears may contribute to their excellent sense of hearing.
Although not listed as threatened, Lynx are under pressure from legalized hunting and loss of habitat in some areas.
See more photos of the kittens below.