A chubby lynx used in advertising for an American fast food chain after arriving when he was neutered and losing interest in sex has passed away.
Rather than chasing women, Rufus had preferred to lie around all day or steal food from his relatives, leaving behind the title of “ the thickest lynx in the world. ”
Wildpark Schweinfurt in the southern German state of Bavaria announced the animal’s death this week, revealing that he died not because of his obesity, but because of a heart condition related to his age.
Local media report that Rufus, who was 15 years old, fell asleep on Wednesday after shortness of breath due to the heart disease that had plagued him for months.
In recent days, they said, his health had deteriorated dramatically despite veterinary treatment.
After consulting veterinarians, the park’s management finally decided it was time to relieve Rufus from his suffering.
Rufus became famous around the world for his obesity.
The American fast food chain Pluckers Wing Bar chose the fat cat as an advertising face and published a photo of Rufus on their Facebook page.
It included a photo: “Me with a belly full of wings and I wonder if I should also order fried Oreos.”
Rufus had been neutered, and Thomas Leier, the park manager, said in 2018 that Rufus was ‘quite relaxed’ because ‘where there is no testosterone, there is no sex.’
He was known for lying around and not moving a lot, and stealing food from his relatives, which is why he became so overweight.
Despite its large size, Rufus was reportedly in good health until a few months ago.
The Eurasian lynx is the largest of the four lynx species, with males weighing 21 kg and females averaging 18 kg.
Male lynxes from Siberia can grow even larger, weighing up to 45 kg.