Friendships grow the same way regardless of what kind of animal you are. This pair of buddies in St. Petersburg’s Zoo are live proof: a European lynx and a typical Russian cat have become friends. The feline was homeless, according to Love Meow, and happened to come across some food near the lynx’s house. The lynx were not only happy to share, but they also became great friends.
“It appears that the cat requires the lynx as much as she requires her,” Love Meow observes. The cat thinks the lynx to be her mother, according to witnesses, because she was only a kitten when she met this unique companion. The zoo adopted the cat because of their friendship, and they still live together.
The more plausible narrative, according to publications like ABC News, is that zookeepers filmed the cats bonding and broadcast the footage in 2014 since it was a joyful finale to their experiment. When both felines were just 6 weeks old, they brought in the kitten, named Dusya, to keep their new baby lynx, Linda, company. That happened in 2007.
The zookeepers were unsure if the two would get along, so they introduced them gently at first, allowing them limited time together. But, because they got along so well, they soon began to live and play together 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The lynx is a large cat that belongs to the same family as tigers, lions, and jaguars. It does, however, share characteristics with domestic cat relatives. They’re all Felidae family members, too.
Cats, particularly lynxes, are typically solitary creatures, but Linda seemed to like having a companion.
According to ABC News, the duo had already been friends for 7 years when a viral video of them cleaning each other was posted in 2014.
Despite their differences in size, they’ve been able to play together without any trouble since the beginning.
The pair has become notorious for their inseparability, and the zoo formally adopted the calico cat years ago so that they may spend the rest of their lives together.
Their friendship had been continuing strong for nearly 13 years, according to all accounts (which is longer than the average life expectancy of a lynx, though animals in captivity tend to live longer because of a lack of predators).
They groom each other, cuddle, slumber in cardboard boxes, play with their toys, and are now growing old together.