The ‘Dartmoor Lynx’ – Like All Animals – Just Wants to Be Free

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Police are searching for a lynx loose on Dartmoor. Schools in Devon are being warned to keep children indoors as authorities look for the wild cat, who escaped from Dartmoor Zoological Park yesterday.


Just weeks after Harambe the gorilla was killed at the Cincinnati Zoo in the US and Juma the jaguar was killed at an Olympics photo op in Brazil, we are again faced with the obvious conclusion that wild animals do not belong in captivity.

Lynxes, like all animals – including humans – long to be free. Even the “best” zoos cannot begin to replicate their natural habitats or give them the autonomy to make choices about anything that’s important to them.

Animals in zoos are invariably stressed when they’re deprived of all control over their lives and will do whatever they can to escape. Whether this lynx is shot and killed or caught and returned to the zoo to spend the rest of his days in captivity, there is no good outcome for him.

It’s time we stopped treating our cousins in the animal kingdom as living exhibits, and we can start by making the choice today never again to visit a zoo or any other institution that incarcerates animals for human amusement.


  • Eunice Johnston commented on July 8, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    Give these beautiful animals the peace and respect they deserve. Close all zoos and let them be free.

  • Angoe commented on July 9, 2016 at 12:54 am

    With regards the Lynx, actions speak louder than words, an enlightened and compassionate human would respond to its clear requests for freedom and take it back to its proper home in the wild.

  • Wayne woollard commented on July 9, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    Very true , why else did he escape he just wanted to be free

  • mary commented on July 10, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Time to start a petition
    Leave the lynx to roam free

    • Sam commented on July 12, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      I started one to at least let him return to his mum who he misses. So sad that he has been separated from her. Even Dartmoor zoo owner said he was ‘stressed’ and ‘missing his mum’ yet they do nothing about it!

  • Sam commented on July 12, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    I’m not surprised he escaped, they took him away from his mum who he had lived with all his life. He was clearly upset and wanted to go back to his mum and escape his new horrible prison. The least they could do is take him back to Kent to his mum. Even the owner of Dartmoor Zoo said he was ‘stressed’ and ‘missing his mum’, yet there’s no plan to reunite them. So sad. I have made a petition on change dot org ‘Dartmoor Zoo Reunite Escaped Lynx with Mum at Kent Zoo’

  • Matthew Von Wenden commented on August 5, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Well, There are no wild lynxes in the UK and that’s for sure.

  • Shannon fahs commented on October 15, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    This angers me so badly, why do people think their getting help, they might be fed and see people everyday but that’s not what they want, animals deserve to have what they want when they have been here much longer than us, why can’t we all unite and make our world a better place together and all share the pay off a from doing so, it’s sad how incoherent people can be a out everything g besides them and the way they feel

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