In a scientific first, scientists have recorded the existence of an all-black Canada lynx. A woman who lives outside Whitehorse, in Canada’s Yukon Territory, captured the odd creature on camera phone wandering through her yard in late August 2020.
The video was just made public as the subject of a study published this month in the journal Mammalia. The cat has a condition called melanism, a genetic mutation that causes abnormal levels of a melanin, a dark pigment, to be produced in the animal’s skin and fur, according to the paper.
Though the condition has been observed in about a third of all cat species, it had never been seen in Canada lynxes before this sighting.