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Gallery: Lynx kittens take first bold steps outside

A trio of lynx kittens have made their public debut at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire.

The eight-week-old triplets called Ruby, Amber and Opal, spent their first few weeks snuggled up inside with mum, Maja, before taking their first steps outside this week.

Zookeeper Cliff Tack said: “All three kittens are doing fantastically well. Mum kept them well hidden in their den to begin with, but they’re now growing in confidence and becoming a lot more adventurous, especially with the warm weather encouraging them out to play.”

Known as a crepuscular species, European lynx are most active at dawn and dusk, and the kittens are already showing signs of this behaviour – with keepers spotting the cheeky trio at their most playful at the beginning and end of the day.

Lynx kitten venture outside. Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Lynx kittens with their mum. Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Lynx kittens playing at Whipsnade Zoo. Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Lynx kittens having a rest. Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo