Dear 6th Grade Students and Teachers,
Do you know an animal that is so rare that there are only 19 of them in zoos across the United States? Did you also know that it can see up to 250 feet in front of them in the dark? This animal’s binomial name is Lynx Lynx. Well this phenomenal kitty is nothing like your average “Putty Tat.” This creature is a Siberian Lynx, and this is the animal that Converse Middle School should adopt.
The Siberian Lynx is a beautiful and very well adapted animal. Despite its weight being up to 75 pounds, they are about 25 to 30 inches tall at their shoulder with their body length being 50 to 75 inches long. Much like other large cats, the Siberian Lynx’s tail is a lengthy 5 to 10 inches long! Known for having black tiffs atop their ears, they also have fluffy cheek ruffs. In fact, their fur is normally gray with a tint ranging from yellow to rusty. When they don’t have spots on their coats, they are referred to as a “Wolf Lynx” or when they have spots, they are called a “Cat Lynx.” Although their marking are most commonly spotted, there are many different patterns found on the Siberian Lynx species. They are predominately spotted, striped, or unspotted. In spite of being smaller than most cheetahs, lions, cougars, and black panthers, they are the biggest Lynx species. Baby Siberian Lynxes are only 8.75 to 12.5 ounces at birth. After 10 to 17 days, they will open their eyes. Even at birth, the Siberian Lynx has fur covered paws, a heavier coat, and their coat pattern to camouflage with their environment. In addition, we should adopt this animal because they are so well adapted but still need our help because they are endangered and so rare.
Since you already know, there are only 224 Siberian Lynxes in captivity in the world.19 of them being in the U.S. What I didn’t tell you already, is that 1 of the 19 is at Lupa Zoo! That is another reason why we should adopt the Siberian Lynx. If we did, then we could help care for its enclosure...
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