Rare lynx kittens make playful debut at Whipsnade Zoo

Ruth Doherty
Rare Lynx kittens make playful debut at Whipsnade Zoo
Rare Lynx kittens make playful debut at Whipsnade Zoo


Meet Rhubarb and Custard: Whipsnade Zoo's newest (and cutest) arrivals.

Rare European lynxes, Rhubarb and his brother Custard are the first-borns of mum, Maja, and dad, Timo, and the latest additions at the 600-acre zoo in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.

Rhubarb and Custard are already showing off their distinctive pointed ears, but haven't yet developed the signature spotted markings on their coats, which will begin to appear as they get older.

The kittens have only just begun to investigate their outdoor enclosure, after staying tucked away in their den with mum for their first few weeks.

Now they're big enough to venture out by themselves, visitors to the zoo can spot them playing hide and seek amongst the trees together.

Known as a crepuscular species, European lynx are most active at dawn and dusk, and the kittens are already showing signs of this behaviour – with keepers spotting them in the morning stalking birds that fly into their enclosure.

Whipsnade Zoo makes an ideal family day out. For more information and to book tickets, visit zsl.org

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