Romania has one of the most fascinating fauna and flora of the European Union and without a doubt is blessed with some truly entrancing natural landscapes. As a huge wildlife enthusiast, in this article, I will be focusing on its fauna by presenting to you all three genuinely fascinating animals that wander through its land.
“The Romanian Hamster”
(also known as the Dobrudja hamster)
That’s right, I’m starting off this list with one of, if not the cutest rodent you’ll ever lay eyes on. There isn’t enough data that can determine its precise location, but it is speculated that it roams the north-eastern part of Bulgaria and Dobrudja. Its habitat is the lowland area. It usually prefers to dwell in dry lands where the vegetation is rather sparse.
The physical appearance of such a critter isn’t that unusual. It has a small head that appears as if it’s a bit stuffed in its own body, and its fur is predominantly gray and black with a hint of yellow.
Being a nocturnal species of hamster, it prefers to hunt its food at night which he then stores in his own mouth with the help of his elastic jaw. In order to communicate with other hamsters, it squeaks ultrasounds.
“The European Mink”
Next up on this list, we have the adorable European mink, which unfortunately is on the brink of extinction as Romania is currently housing less than a thousand of specimens.
The fur of the European mink is entirely brown with the exception of its lips that have white markings on them. This being the only characteristic that differentiates it from the American mink.
It usually feeds on aquatic animals but it can also hunt birds and small mammals.
Fun fact: Just like skunks, minks are able to release a malodorous gas that keeps the predator away.
Last but not least, we have one of the most ferocious species of wild feline, the lynx. It is Romania’s national animal, and it was also declared a monument of nature. The species that live in Romania are called the “Eurasian Lynx”. It usually has thick brown fur with a hint of white and black spots. Its most unique characteristics are the tips of its ears and huge paws which help the lynx walk on snow.
Being able to climb trees, and also swim, the lynx can hunt a wide variety of animals. For example it can hunt fish, foxes, birds and even deer, sheep, and goats.
It can consume approximately 1.5 kilograms of food per day. As a method of hunting it prefers to stalk and then pounce on its prey.
As you can see, Romania has some truly fascinating fauna that stands out from the rest of the european wildlife. We, as humans, should do our best to protect the animal kingdom otherwise we will lose an important part of the Romanian culture.