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article imageVideo: Lynx mother with cubs caught on camera near Oslo

By Anne Sewell     Nov 29, 2013 in World
Oslo - A video has been compiled of photos taken by wildlife cameras, hidden in the forests south of Oslo in Norway. The footage captures a rare sight of a female lynx with two cubs.
The lynx family was roaming just 100 metres from a nearby farm in Vestby, a village in Akershus, close to Oslo and were caught on cameras, set up as part of the Scandlynx project. The mother is reportedly carrying a GPS transmitter to keep track of her whereabouts.
In the video the mother can be seen carrying an six-to-eight-week-old cub by its neck, followed by the scene of the anxious mother chasing another cub through the trees. We then see the lynx, sharpening her claws on a tree.
Richard Orange of The Local put together all the images as a video using YouTube's video editor.
John Odden from the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) said that, "The uniqueness of these images is that they show little cubs with their mother in the wild and what they do."
"All of these things are of course completely normal activities for a lynx, but I've never managed to either see nor catch any of this on film during my nearly twenty years of lynx research," he added.
The Norwegian side of the research project, Scandlynx, is being run by Odden. The group are using game cameras to try and keep track of the population of the reclusive big cat in Scandanavia, and to learn more about their behavior.
According to Odden, he believes that the mother was taking her cubs for their first taste of deer meat. He speculated that the kill is probably just off camera-view.
Oddens says that the mother will likely stay with the cubs until around March or April next year. The cubs will then leave to find their own territories, which could be up to 500km away.
The project was started back in November 2010 and apparently the cameras have caught more than 200 photos of the lynx during that time.
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