Gella’s fiancé got so used to stray around freely in the Elistvere park that he allowed people to watch and photograph him.
Mobile photo: Elle Mäerand
Estonian text posted by the Animal of the Year Team 23.12.2017
In 2018 The Animal of the Year camera will start transmitting from the lynx enclosure in Elistvere. At present four lynxes live in Elistvere: the lynx mistress Gella,
It is said about Elistvere’s Gella that she does not like the lynx males in the enclosure but instead wild lynxes. Last winter a lynx from nature came to visit her from time to time. It walked up to the enclosure and walked to and fro there. It did of course not get inside. Finally the strange lynx got so used to the locals that it allowed itself to be watched and photographed by people. Will it be back this winter? Will it show itself to us ?
The lynxes will surely get used to the camera and we to them. If we cannot get the lynxes into camera view we will relocate the camera and it will surely function. We look particularly for information on what happens in darkness. No workers or visitors move around then.