Coauthor Irina Rotenko
Last summer and this autumn in Naliboki Forest we traced by means of camera-traps the large family of lynxes that was leaded by known female Aurelia. Aurelija has three kittens this year. In this short post we propose to have a look some interesting situations (nursing, grooming) of the lynx family life that we succeeded to film.
It is worthwhile to notice that in the area we often registered known adult male lynx Tsypruk nearby the family. Tsypruk called frequently to Aurelia in both daytime and during night. Our previous photo- and video-materials suggested that Tsypruk mated with Aurelija in the beginning of April i.e. he is a very plausible father of the kittens.
We suppose that staying of Tsypruk close to the Aurelija family is explained by his defence of Aurelija’s territory. Similar situation in Eurasian lynxes in Naliboki Forest (i.e. protecting of family home sites by an adult male) we already traced before for two times.