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Things looking up for sick lynx recovering at B.C. Wildlife Park

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November 05, 2020 - 11:12 AM

A lynx that was taken to the B.C. Wildlife Park after it was spotted wandering around a Kamloops neighbourhood is recovering well and may soon be released back into the wild.

The lynx was seen wandering around the North Shore in broad daylight, Oct. 25, which is highly unusual behaviour for the normally elusive wildcat.

Last week, the B.C. Conservation Officer Service captured the male lynx and brought it to the Fawcett Family Wildlife Health Centre at the wildlife park where it is recovering.

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The lynx has an abdominal infection and is on antibiotics.

Tracy Reynolds, animal care manager at the wildlife park, said an ultrasound was conducted on Monday, Nov. 2 and the results of the test are looking good so far.

“We’re not entirely sure what was going on with him… We did find that he had a rather large twig wedged up in his eye. It was surprising to us… it was really quite a ways up there so we took it out and I’m sure he’s feeling a lot better. He’s eating well and his coat is looking a lot better,” she said.

The lynx was dining on feral cats in the neighbourhood before his rescue and while he remains on antibiotics at this time, the park plans to release him back into the wild once he’s been fattened up for winter.

“Definitely things are going in the right direction,” Reynolds said.

Assuming everything stays on track with his health, the lynx will be released by conservation officers sometime in the next two weeks.

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