Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tense moment a wolf and a lynx are spotted in epic mountain stand-off

  • The two predators face each other in Poland's Carpathian mountains
  • They stare at each other before the wolf scampers forward slightly
  • But the more majestic lynx dashes towards him and he is forced to flee
Cast your votes  - in a battle between a wolf and lynx, who will win?

Dramatic footage filmed by WWF shows the two predators engaged in a stand off in the inhospitable terrain of Poland's Carpathian mountains. 

The lynx stands stationary and calm while the wolf appears to be losing its cool.




Dramatic footage filmed by WWF shows the two predators engaged in a stand off in the inhospitable terrain of Poland's Carpathian mountains
Dramatic footage filmed by WWF shows the two predators engaged in a stand off in the inhospitable terrain of Poland's Carpathian mountains

It scampers forward towards its rival but seems to regret the decision as it takes a few steps back.

But the big cat knows it is better and stares at the wolf before stalking forward.
For a moment the wolf thinks he still has a chance - but that idea is swiftly squashed.

The lynx breaks into a run and dashes after his opponent, giving the wolf no other option but to run for his life.

The lynx stands stationary with its tale slightly in the air  while the wolf appears to be losing its cool
The lynx stands stationary with its tale slightly in the air while the wolf appears to be losing its cool

The lynx breaks into a run and dashes after his opponent, giving the wolf no other option but to run for his life
The lynx breaks into a run and dashes after his opponent, giving the wolf no other option but to run for his life

You did put your money on the lynx, right? 

There are four lynx species of which the Eurasian lynx, native to European and Siberian forests, is the largest.

It is the third largest predator in Europe after the brown bear and the grey wolf.
As a strict carnivore the cat consumes 1-2 kg of meat every day. 

It hunts by stalking and jumping its prey - often facilitated by its forested habitat.

It feeds on a wide range of animals from white-tailed deer, reindeer, roe deer, small red deer, and chamois, to smaller, more usual prey such as snowshoe hares, fish, foxes, sheep, squirrels, mice, turkeys and other birds, and goats. 

Two lynx stand in the snow after the incident, perhaps wondering if the wolf is going to come back 
Two lynx stand in the snow after the incident, perhaps wondering if the wolf is going to come back