PURR-FECT FOUR: Zoo's new Lynx kittens get their first baby wellness exam
(Pittsburgh) (June 2019)—The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium isn’t kitten-around! We have four new baby lynx kittens.
At just seven weeks old, the tiny little kittens are getting their first baby wellness exam. Dr. Ginger Sturgeon, our Director of Animal Health and her team will weigh them, determine gender, and give them their first vaccines.
The kittens were born to Mom Chayne on May 8. This is Chayne’s second litter here at the Zoo.
Kittens are born blind, toothless, and weigh less than a pound. At about two weeks old, their eyes open and are a bright blue color. As they mature, their eye color will darken to a brownish hazel. Their fur is light gray as kittens, but it will darken with black markings as they grow which enables them to blend in with their native surroundings.
As the kittens grow, they are becoming extremely active and more curious. Under the watchful eye of Mom who is very protective of her young family, they are starting to venture outside the nesting den more often. They are also learning to meow.
For now, Mom and kittens will remain in their back rooms until they are able to go into the outside yard.
Canadian lynx are a North American mammal found in Canada, Alaska, and the northern United States. Extremely agile cats, they can move through several inches of snow with ease. Ninety-six percent of their diet in the wild is snowshoe hares.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife have designated Canadian lynx as threatened. Loss of habitat and poaching are the biggest threats against Canadian lynx in the United States.
Our kittens act as ambassadors for their cousins in the wild as they help educate our visitors about this threatened species and the importance of conservation.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is American Humane Conservation-certified, and a member of American Humane and the Zoological Association of America. For more information, visit zaa.org