Tim Newton heard something strange on the porch one morning. First, he thought it was an intruder. He also thought that a friend may have arrived without calling him first. Truth is, Newton had a family of lynx on his porch.
“It was right near dawn. I heard some noises; it was like something scrambling on the deck. Coming out of my slumber, I thought, ‘What the heck is that?’
So I put on my bathrobe and slowly eased back the curtain. And right there, 2 feet away, was a lynx kitten. He was sitting there watching his siblings race by.”
There was a bunch of cuteness on the porch. There was cuteness all over the place. “They were running back and forth, pouncing on each other. I started snapping away. I thought, ‘Wow! What incredible luck. This just beats all. This is just wonderful!’ They were so cute. It was cute-tastic. It was amazing.”
Newton took a bunch of cute pics. The family stayed for quite some time, and he enjoyed their company. He said, “They started to play again. For the next 40 minutes, they all played on my deck. They were chasing each other, rolling and wrestling.”
Newton paid a lot of time to the mother. She deserved all the respect in this world.
“She has her hands full. I’ve concluded that lynx must spend 1 percent of their waking lives chasing rabbits, and 99 percent chasing their kids. What a handful!”
One of Newton’s new friends approached him.
“I don’t know why I did this — maybe to say to him, ‘Oh, what a cute little kitty!’ — but I pulled the camera away from my face a little, and my eyes showed. The look of terror on that kitten’s face! His eyes were wide open, and he just flew away from me! But the others didn’t pick up on it.”
The mother rounded up her babies and returned to the forest.
This was a rather impressive encounter for Newton. Mother Nature always finds a way to surprise us.
“We’re always thrilled to encounter wildlife. It makes me feel thankful — thankful for where I live. I’m thankful to have seen these lynxes up close.”