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  1. Updates on Rys’ka, or, as his new keepers prefer to call him, Rys.
    Source: https://vk.com/wall-114776276_3964
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    Rehabilitation center for wild animals “Romashka”
    1 Jun at 2:45 pm
    When a dog owner dies, that’s misfortune. When the beloved owner of a house lynx, which isn’t young, dies, that’s a catastrophe. Fortunately, it’s all right with this animal. The relatives showed some care, prepared the papers and transferred the lynx to our Center.
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    Реабилитационный центр диких животных “Ромашка”
    1 Jun at 2:45 pm
    Когда умирает хозяин собаки, это трагедия, когда умирает любимый хозяин у домашнего, да еще не молодого, рыся, это катастрофа. К счастью с этим зверем все благополучно. Родственники проявили заботу, подготовили все документы и передали рысь в наш Центр.
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    From the same post:
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    Of course, the lynx is suffering; it’s not enough that the lost the human he loved and with which he lived in harmony for 9 years, he lost his way of life as well: from an apartment, he got into an enclosure.
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    Конечно рысь переживает, ведь мало того, что он потерял любимого человека, с которым прожил душа в душу 9 лет, так еще и лишился привычного образа жизни, попал из квартиры в вольер.
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    And more:
    source: https://vk.com/wall-114776276_4633
    alt link: https://ilike.pet/ru/articles/reabilitatsiya-rysey-delo-slozhnoe_55/
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    3 Sep at 7:44 pm
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    For the first week he sat in one place, his new house, listlessly looking around; only when we came near the enclosure, he lunged at us, hissed and growled like a truly wild beast. He touched none of the food and didn’t even go down from his shelf to drink, even though the days were hot and dry. That did not make us glad at all. Therefore, when after three days he did go down to his drinking bowl and drank several bowls of water, we were happy
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    3 Sep at 7:44 pm
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    Первую неделю он сидел на одном месте, в своем новом домике, безучастно смотря во круг, и только когда мы подходили к вольеру, делал выпады в нашу сторону, шипел и рычал как настоящий дикий зверь. Ни к какому предложенному корму он не прикасался и даже не спускался с полочки чтобы попить, хотя стояли жаркие сухие дни. И это нас совсем не радовало. Поэтому, когда спустя три дня он все же спустился к поилке и вылакал ни одну миску воды, мы были счастливы
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    For the USA inhabitants, that “rehabilitation center” is an informal organization run by two retired biologists (husband and wife) on private donations, without (IIRC) any legal recognition.

    • Even more house lynxes:
      House lynx Shella: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nin-Ygs-nRU

      House lynx Taya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9VfCETCaCs (and other videos on that channel). There’s a sad story about her. She escaped and supposedly bit some child, after which they were forbidden to kepp the lynx in their flat ( https://volga.news/article/475465.html ). The owners claimed that lynx is declawed, defanged and generally gently with children; but all videos I saw (rather old at that point) show her with claws (although cut). Possibly the owners were lying about declawing and defanging, to defend the lynx.
      And so she was given away, allegedly to some private zoo in Chechnya.

      • Update on Kleopatra (link: https://vk.com/club149346120?w=wall-149346120_3030%2Fall )
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        Lynx Channel
        Aug 18, 2019 at 5:29 pm
        Greetings everyone! Most likely, this is the last post about Kleopatra the lynx in this group. She grew up, and it got difficult for her to live at home. The nature demanded back what is due. Therefore, a decision was made to give Kleo away to a zoo.
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        Рысь Канал
        Aug 18, 2019 at 5:29 pm
        Всех приветствуем! Скорее всего, это последний пост в этой группе про рысь Клеопатру. Она выросла и ей стало дома тяжело жить. Природа требовала своего. Потому было принято решение отдать Клео в зоопарк.
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    • An American counterpart to Rys’ka, house Canadian lynx Olive: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2q4nok
      Description saved from Youtube:

      This is Olive, a Canadian Lynx I rescued at three weeks old from a fur farm in Montana back in 1996. The experience of raising her in a high rise apartment was priceless, litter trained and all. I was living in a complex located at the corner of First Ave. & Broad Street (Beltown) in downtown Seattle, WA. She then moved with me up to Sedro Wooley, WA for a few years, and then finally to Prescott, AZ, where she passed away at the age of 12. I miss her deeply. DISCLAIMER: Canadian Lynx is a wild feline, ownership is not recommended. This was a unique chapter in my life. The rescue/adoption saved her from becoming a ‘Sporty Winter Jacket’ on a runway in Europe, and gave her 12 years of living the life of a loved animal.

        • That’s just the video description I saved from Youtube before the video in question was deleted from there. It’s not me. Sorry if I wasn’t clear. You may want to add quote marks around the quote – I can’t edit my comments, obviously.

  2. At about 02:22s you can see Max’s right front claws! It’s only a glimpse, nice sharp black & tan ones. It’s interesting that when his human is scratching his caudal area, Max doesn’t extend his front claws. Domestic cats tend to do that, a physical expression of pleasure, and often raise their rear end into the lordosis position.

    The Russian Lynx looks to have complete paws too. He looks to be fully weight bearing on his front end as he walks around. The last shot (although soft focus) shows paws that appear well rounded at the ends, the hair following the line over P3, not the awful truncated, stumpy appearance of paws mutilated by declawing.

    The Russian Lynx seems restless, but that could be the presence of the camera.

    I don’t think the term ‘domesticated’ is fully accurate as the process of domestication of wild species takes many, many generations. But maybe the poor fur farm Lynx have been captive bred for hundreds of generations? Even then, if released from that hell, I would suggest that given the chance, wild instinct & behaviour would surface in a wild environment.

    …you can take the cat out of the wild, but you cannot take the wild out of the cat

    I think these two beauties have been ‘habituated’ to human contact. If they ever lose their secure homes, they will be the most vulnerable type of animal, the wild species that is confident to be around humans. They are a psychological chimera.

    The questions arise for me around such issues as life vs existence, enriched life & compromise, expression vs suppression of the feline self etc Both cats look adapted to the lives they have. I wonder if they have been neutered? That would go a long way to ensuring a calmer life within their unnatural environments.

    Damn fine purr on Max.

    • > wild instinct & behaviour would surface in a wild environment.
      …until some “blockhead” (“обормот”) shoots him. That’s what happened (according to the owner) when the Russian man’s first lynx escaped (or, possibly, was “released”). This is his second lynx.

  3. When I read the title the name “Max” immediately came to my mind. He’s fairly famous on youtube, or at least that’s where I’ve seen him for years. I also think some of these cats can and should be saved and live happy lives under circumstances that are right for the cat. It’s just getting to the point that particular animals that are good psychological candidates are at our mercy to find a properly educated and experienced human who can take care of them for life in the proper setting with the proper permit and legal veterinary availability. Everything has to be just right and even then should the cat find itself outside it’s human’s care, it faces the risk of being killed by almost anyone, sometimes just for fun. I’ve seen videos of lynx cats in the wild and they’re always so calm and not wanting any trouble. I think they’re basically good candidates. Max certainly is a great example. I’ve read that Savanahs, though hybrid are less so and when they change owners it’s very hard on them. Gotta think of the cat’s best interest and be set up and committed for life, as with any cat obviously.

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