The world’s best athletes are going for gold in the Olympic Games this month. But you don’t need to go to Beijing to see animals with incredible physical traits and abilities… you just need to visit Northwest Trek!
SHORT TRACK SPEED SKATING
Short track speed skaters can reach an average speed of 31 mph- that’s about as fast as a bobcat can run!
Ski jumpers can travel over 300 feet in the air. For comparison, cougars can leap up to 40 feet horizontally (and that’s without flying off a jump!).
Wolverines have snowshoe-like paws that allow them to stay on top of deep snow and crampon-like claws that enable them to climb up and over snow-covered peaks. We think they’re as graceful on ice as figure skaters!
River otters love to slip and slide on their bellies on ice. They’d have a blast on a luge course!
With their camouflage snowy-white feathers and excellent hearing and vision, snowy owls can hunt with great accuracy.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
The lynx’s large paws work like snowshoes, helping it walk over deep snow (like the wolverines). Plus, the cats have thick, fluffy fur to keep them warm in winter conditions.