Date:October 25, 2020

“I Adopted Two Lynxes From A Fur Farm, Now I Live With 2 Big ‘Cats,’ 8 Dogs, And 3 Horses”

When you think about love, if you are like most people, you are just thinking about romantic love between two humans. Time to crack that definition wide open to include all living beings and love that crosses species barriers. If we could clearly see how much other species love life and love others, it might change how we view them. This collection of love stories is the tip of the iceberg. The accounts of other species loving and risking their lives for those they love for their own and other species are countless.

Animals show humans affection as they receive it. Many people do not believe that animals are capable of loving or showing affection. Especially when it comes to wild animals. But fortunately, some people see beyond that point. Such is the case of Anastasia Poznyak, who not only cultivates a love for animals, but also manifests it practically.

Read on to understand more about her pure love for animals and what she has done for them so far.

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“I rescued a lynx cub from the fur farm”

Anastasia Poznyak

“I am a cat person. But somehow it happened that I have eight dogs: six huskies, a Samoyed dog, and a Northern Inuit dog. Obviously, it wasn’t safe to adopt a kitten having this band of doggos. But I wanted a cat so badly! So I started searching for the cat my dogs would be able to get on with.” – she wrote on Bored Panda. 

“After a while, I found out that in my country, fur farms still exist. On one such farm, lynxes are bred for their fur. Coats from lynxes’ fur are quite popular in Russia. But the good news was that it’s legal to take a lynx cub from there and to raise it on your own. It wasn’t a hard decision—I adopted a tiny baby lynx whose destiny was to become a fur coat. I named him Geralt after Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher.”

Anastasia Poznyak

“Surprisingly, the dogs helped us a lot with Geralt’s care. They played with the kitten, allowed him to chew their ears, to sleep on their bellies, and, of course, to steal their food”

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“And Banshee, our senior dog, took the baby lynx under her wing”

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“Geralt was growing up a naughty kitty, but he definitely is the life and soul of the huskies’ party”

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“Moreover, he’s familiar with one of my horses, Texas!”

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“It was a long journey, but I gave him all my love and managed to raise and tame him successfully. He is something in between cat and dog”

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“He’s a big, clumsy ball of fur”

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“When Geralt was one year old, I rescued one more kitten, a cute baby girl”

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“She got the name Bulochka, which means “bun” in our language because she’s so sweet!”

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“Wild lynxes are loners, and I was ready for my cats to live separately, but Geralt surprised me. He accepted little Bulochka as if she was his daughter”

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“Our friends were joking that we should name her Ciri instead of Bulochka”

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“And since then, my lynxes are thick as thieves. Just look at these pretty sleepy noses!”

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“After raising two lynxes, I can say with confidence that the most challenging thing in a rescue is health”

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“Due to the aim of breeding on the fur farm, animals’ health isn’t a priority”

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“Geralt has broken his elbow and a toe once, and he is a quite healthy and lucky one!”

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“Taming and training the lynx isn’t so difficult. They use a simple cat litter box and are trained to walk on a leash”

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“And they purr! The same way as domestic cats do, but much louder”

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“Now, I enjoy my life with all my lynxes, huskies, and horses and I love helping people who decide to rescue big cats, to raise and tame them”

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“And I hope that next year, I’ll be able to rescue one more baby lynx from the fur farm”

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