The Lynx: Predatory Cat with a Mysterious Smile

A solitary cat that roams the remote forests of Northern areas, the lynx is naturally prepared to survive harsh winters with little help.  Its thick, heavy fur provides protection against harsh breezes and fans out at the foot to create a natural snowshoe. With little sprouts of extra hair that extend from the tips of its ears, the lynx has an excellent sense of hearing that aids in hunting for food.

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Crystal Lynx Sculpture by Mats Jonasson

 

The lynx is often used as a symbol of secret knowledge and intuition.  The big cat’s eyesight is so strong it can spot a mouse 250 feet away in the snow and a curious pattern in the fur around the mouth makes the animal appear to express a mysterious smile, almost as if it has a secret. It’s not surprising that many cultures believe the lynx has the supernatural ability to hear the thoughts of others; the lynx’s intuition and attention to its surroundings provide great power and agility.

In the Himalayas the elusive lynx has earned the title “ghost cat” because its nighttime activity is so rarely seen. A nocturnal hunter and lone predator, the lynx is surprisingly small in size compared to other wild cats.

Some believe that the name Lynx is derived from the Greek word leukos, meaning bright, because of the way the lynx’s eyes shine at night when they catch the light.

No comments, Elise Anderson, July 7, 2015

What about DAD?

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Is your father an animal-lover? How about a fisherman or amateur hunter? Nature activist? Alligator-lover? Dog fanatic? Horse enthusiast? Mountain cabin owner? Beach comber? Nature trail hiker?

 

Whatever your dad’s style, we’ve got a range of animal and nature-inspired products perfect for his big day.  Celebrate Father’s Day this year with something from our hand-picked collection of father-friendly wildlife art, home decor, gadgets, and gizmos.

 

To see our full collection of dad’s day gifts and decor, click any of the above images or past the below link into your browser:

https://www.wildlifewonders.com/products/fathers-day/fathers-day-gifts

No comments, Elise Anderson, June 16, 2015

What do you know about dolphins?

A favorite animal among beach-dwellers, children, spiritual seekers, and animal-lovers, Dolphins have captured a special place in the human heart.

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Dolphins are marine mammals that belong to the order Cetacea. There are 43 species of dolphins found in the world.  Naturally social and group-oriented, dolphins live in schools or pods of up to 12 individuals.

 

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‘Dolphins can live in both freshwater and salt water, with 38 species of marine dolphins and 5 river dolphin species. Not everyone knows that the Killer Whale, also known as Orca, is actually a large dolphin species. Bottlenose dolphins are the most common and well-known type of dolphin, with recognizable “bottlenose” face shape and frequent interactions with humans in marine locales.

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Female dolphins are called cows, males are called bulls and young dolphins are called calves.

No comments, Elise Anderson, June 15, 2015

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