Wisconsin: Escaped lynx goes home with owner

NOTE: Timbavati Wildlife Park’s website says it has white lions and baby animals
Felix, the lynx, goes home with owner

By Kay James,Dells Events
wde-news@capitalnewspapers.com

The lynx is no longer surprising people in the Dells area, but is home on the farm in Neshkoro with her owner, but she’ll be back in the Dells when the tourist season starts.

The lynx’s name is Felix, and she is a Siberian lynx, also known as a European lynx. She surprised mail carrier Alan Borud by showing up at his rural Wisconsin Dells home last week.

Felix is owned by Mark Schoebel of the Timbavati Wildlife Park/Storybook Gardens in Lake Delton and makes her winter home on Schoebel’s farm near Neshkoro.

Schoebel said he was transporting Felix in a crate when the crate broke and Felix slipped out an air vent. He got her back Monday morning from the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center in Poynette. She had been transferred there from the Adams County Humane Society shelter in Friendship.

Schoebel is relieved and grateful that Felix is in good shape and was not hurt during her adventure. He said he appreciated that she was found by a “gentleman” (Alan Borud) who knew to call people with knowledge about animals rather than shoot her. Schoebel also thanked the Department of Natural Resources personnel and the Adams County Humane Society for taking care of Felix temporarily. He said he planned to make a monetary donation to the humane society and will be giving some bobcats to the MacKenzie Center in appreciation of the help.

Calling Felix, a nice cat, Schoebel said she is two years old and still has a little growing to do. He calls her a Siberian lynx and said they are the same subspecies as an European lynx. It’s like some people call a mountain lion a puma and others call it a cougar. He noted that he has had several of the species and Felix was raised from a cub.

http://www.wiscnews.com/wde/news/317935

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