Video catches a Canada lynx out for a swim in Northern Ontario

Canada lynx are secretive and nocturnal, so most of us feel pretty lucky when we spot one on land during the day. It’s no wonder, then, that this Northern Ontario angler pulled out his smartphone when he saw one paddling across Beaverhouse Lake between Eden Island and Bear Island.

It turns out that this behaviour isn’t entirely unusual for these gorgeous wildcats, whose massive snow-shoe feet serve as handy swim fins. One account even has a Canada lynx swimming two miles across the Yukon River!

And if you’ve ever had the misfortune of giving a cat a bath, you’ll recognize the look on this lynx’s face when she crawls onto the shore with her thick silver fur matted against her. This angler was wise to keep his distance.