When you hear funny noises on your porch, you naturally think that stray dogs or a random cat is responsible. Maybe it’s even a raccoon prowling around for some trash to rummage through. You don’t think it’s going to be a mother lynx and her family of seven kittens!
But that was the surprise for Tim Newton when he looked out on his porch Wednesday morning. The regular guy from Anchorage suspected it was probably cats making the commotion, but he didn’t realize it would be such big cats!
“I crept over to the window and opened the curtains a crack, and could see it looked like a cat,” he told Anchorage’s KTUU.
“I started to think nothing more of it,” Netwon said. “But then I noticed it had really big feet and little tiny hairs on its ears. So I knew then it was probably a lynx kitten — not a full grown cat.”
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“Normally when you see a lynx, you have just enough time to get your camera out, and then they’re gone. So I was thrilled I could get a couple pictures of them playing on the deck. And I thought that might be the end of it.”
Newton followed the cats to the other side of the porch, where the rest of the kits and their mother sauntered out of the nearby woods and onto his deck. That’s when he snapped the family portrait.
“They’re kind of confused that there might be anything near, because I’m behind the screen,” explained Newton. “But they can hear my camera. That’s that one picture where you see them on the deck. They’re looking at the noise.”
The cats played on the deck for about 40 minutes before their mom ushered them back into the woods.
“I’ve concluded from this that lynx must spend about 1 percent of their time chasing rabbits, and 99 percent of their time chasing each other,” Newton joked.
Check out the amazing video below…
Have you ever been visited by a wild animal in your yard?
Have you ever caught a raccoon inspecting your trash?