The lynx is a large cat - weighing up to 30 pounds and reaching 26 inches in height - that roams forests of the northern United States and Canada. And take it from a Canadian - downhiller Manuel Osborne-Paradis - the lynx is no cuddly outdoor friend when you're speeding down an icy slope at 70 mph.
"Get out of the way," he said. "Oh, wow. You do not want to get close to that."
The downhill session was already on hold because of fog, and no skiers linked with lynx. Still, officials issued a warning over the race radio in case someone was on the course. The lynx had its own agenda and hopped over the barriers lining the perimeter to retreat to the forest.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/10/AR2010021003345.html -via Digg
(image credit: AP/Gero Breloer)