There’s much excitement in the lynx enclosure following the arrival of three Carpathian cubs a first for Dudley Zoological Gardens!
The triplets, who were born on May 23, have been cosying up in the internal dens with four-year-old mum, Daisy, but this week started to explore the great outdoors.
Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said: “We’re all absolutely delighted with the cubs’ progress.
“Daisy is a first-ime mum, but is coping brilliantly at raising all three of them. The cubs are gorgeous, but we’ve got a few more weeks to wait until we find out what sex they are, when we’ll also be giving them their first vaccinations.”
Dad is three-year-old Dave, who remains in the enclosure with Daisy and their offspring.
Carpathians are a relatively new species to DZG’s collection, with Dave translocating from Salzburg Zoo in Austria and Daisy from Zoo Veszprem, Hungary in Autumn 2012, as part of a European conservation programme.
DZG Registrar and Research Co-ordinator, Dr David Beeston, said zoo staff were thrilled with the new cubs.
He said: “We’ve held Eurasian lynx for many years at DZG and last had cubs 27 years ago, but Daisy and Dave were our first ever pair of Carpathians, so we’re all very excited to welcome the new arrivals, who are already playing an important role in the breeding programme for this rare subspecies.”
See more of the cubs in the video below…