Unusual Pet Joins Happy Family (10 pics)

Posted in ANIMALS       7 Jul 2012       15650       11 GALLERY VIEW



A family in Russia took in an adorable lynx from a local animal shelter to add to their four domesticated cats at home. Zen is now part of the family and gets along well with the other furry friends.

 


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kode 9 year s ago
Even though being cute lynx is still a wild beast. Here in Finland one tried to kill a small pony a few weeks ago, and they apparently do hunt and kill cats.

I find it pretty sad that wild animals like lynx are kept as house pets, because to my knowledge they really can't be domesticated.
       
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gigantes 9 year s ago
i'm not sure why a lynx couldn't be domesticated if started from an early age. consider that the so-called 'house cat' is genetically just about the same animal as the african wildcat, yet turns perfectly tame under the right conditions.

fact is, when you satisfy an animal's needs for food, shelter and security, you take a huge leap towards taming them. combine that with the behavioral training that comes with raising an animal from a baby, and you take another huge leap. of course there are a few exceptions, but the cat family in general has a proven track record for tame-ability.
       
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JayFalsum 9 year s ago
We and chimps shared 99% of genes, just a few genes make all the differences.
It took thousands of years to get from African wildcat to house-cat ( same with dogs, cows, pigs chicken...), you think we can just bring home a wild animal and make it a pet overnight?
If wild animals can be domesticated easily, our ancestors would probably had done it. You know what? We only have a handful of domesticated animals.
       
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gigantes 9 year s ago
no, no, no... you can make an african wildcat tame if you start it young enough, and you can spend your whole life trying to tame a domestic housecat if you started too late, like if they grew up as strays. any slight genetic differences are FAR LESS than the difference between humans and chimps.

as for the rest of your argument- the real reason man didn't domesticate hundreds of other animals is because THEY WEREN'T USEFUL TO HIM.
       
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Sy 4 month s ago
Quote: JayFalsum
domesticated

Domestication of animals should not be confused with taming. Domestication is the permanent genetic modification of a bred lineage to enhance or reduce certain characteristics [such as aggressiveness] that leads to an inherited predisposition respond differently than the original animal... Taming is the conditioned behavioral modification of an individual animal, to reduce its natural avoidance of humans, and to tolerate the presence of humans.
       
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American 9 year s ago
Foxes are wild and cannot be domesticated but a scientist in Russia collected many foxes, treated them as pets and then bred the ones that responded. By the second generation he had dozens of tame domestic foxes. By the third generation all were as tame as dogs.
Many people raise "wild" cats from kittens as pets very successfully.
       
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mm 9 year s ago
I read about that experiment too. As they bred the most human -friendly foxes, those foxes' general appearance changed towards more puppy -like generation after generation. Maybe a bit like human's appearance is changing more and more child -like as our aggressiveness and testosterone levels drop down generation after generation, hmmm? Still, the fact is that the fox 1.0 is not so trusting to humans as fox 1.3, because too trusting foxes will die in nature. Even if you take baby squirrel 1.0 out of the woods and raise it among humans, it still carries it's wild side and might bite your nut off in stressful situation and even more likely it might be hostile towards people outside of it's family. I would trust more to it's son, squirrel 1.1 or grandson squirrel 1.2...
       
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Million 9 year s ago
Did anyone notice that they have a "Hitler cat" as well? Image 3
       
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SuckaMC 9 year s ago
I get most of my opinions from the internet.
       
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Peanut 9 year s ago
If you feed big cats cooked meat, they don't develop blood lust.
       
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Sy 4 month s ago
Peanut,

NO Peanut, that is very much not true! I had the great fortune of knowing Red Palmer as I grew up, and spent a lot of time around cats big & small. and all felines are pure predator, meaning even their play as they grow up mainly focuses on hunting & fighting practice. the difference is [most] housecats realize you are too big to seriously attack at some point. your biggest problem with big cats is ensuring they don't ever realize you aren't! no, more seriously, even if not fed raw meat, if a cat's instincts trigger, even in play, they pounce, and while they may not intend to kill, by the time "pounce!" is finished, well, so are you.
       
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