Have You Seen This? A lynx is beautiful … but its whining isn't

A couple of lynxes whine at each other in this image from a video captured in October in the Oxbow area of Aroostook County, Maine.

A couple of lynxes whine at each other in this image from a video captured in October in the Oxbow area of Aroostook County, Maine. (Bangor Daily News via YouTube)



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MAINE — Why did the lynx cross the road? Apparently, it was just to growl at the lynx on the other side.

You might recall, we recently shared a video of a rare melanistic Canada lynx. That lynx, though, didn't make any discernible sounds as it maneuvered through a backyard in Canada.

Then you have the pair of lynxes in this video from Maine who had no problem making their presence known.

The video title says the lynxes are fighting, which seems like a bit of a stretch to me. They're just whining and hissing at each other. I'm sure a true lynx fight would involve a lot more fur flying around.

My guess for what happened here is that the big cats were arguing about the proper way to use "lynx" in the plural. The first one insisted that it should simply be "lynx," similar to how you would handle the word "moose."

But the second was disgusted by that suggestion, and he made it clear that you should use the word "lynxes" any time you are referring to two or more.

Which is correct? You tell me.

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Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble.”

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