It’s always been said that a cat is a cat, regardless of how big or predatory it is. A tiger is going to behave in the same way as your average housecat, to some extent. One of the only big differences between these amazing creatures is that the bigger ones tend to have giant muscles and claws that can do some damage. But, other than that, they’re all kittens at heart.
Take Max here for example. This Canadian Lynx would dwarf any standard housecat if you put them side-by-side. His pointy ears and giant paws tell us that he’s dangerous, but all of that danger falls away when he gets loved on by his caretaker.
Just like most cats, Max loves a good rub around the ears, cheeks and chin. And he lets you know by purring so loudly you’d think there was a small cuddle engine happily churning inside of him. Watch the video and you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. His deep purring is unlike anything you’ve ever heard, and gives you an idea of just how majestic these large cats truly are.
Unlike most Canadian Lynx who are hard to find because they avoid humans like the plague, Max is somewhere in between a wild cat and a domesticated cat. He’s not fully tame, nor fully feral. He was born in a zoo, but was rescued. Now, he resides with Bernadette Hoffman, his caretaker, in upstate New York.
Bernadette runs a wildlife education program that seeks to educate people and children about the need to protect and respect the wild endangered species who also call Earth their home. Max is part of that program, working as an education animal ambassador.
The Canada Lynx has been hunted by trappers for centuries for their furs. On top of that, their numbers have also plunged in recent years do to loss of habitat. They were added to the endangered species list in 2002.
Until their population has made a successful comeback, Bernadette plans to continue doing Wildlife Education by Bernie to increase awareness of all of the endangered species who are struggling to remain in this world. Fortunately, she’ll have Max by her side.
Check out the video below to watch Bernadette give Max some much-needed head rubs as he turns up the purring to eleven! And don’t forget to share with friends and loved ones who would love to see Max the Canada Lynx.