by Amanda Froelich,
Early one morning in Alaska, Tim Newton awoke to a ruckus on his porch. At first, he suspected there might be an intruder. As he peered out his window to check, he spotted something even more surprising: a family of lynx.
“It was right near dawn. I heard some noises; it was like something scrambling on the deck,” Newton told . “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.”
That wasn’t the only lynx kitten, however. Pretty soon, three more scrambled across Newton’s deck. Without a second thought, the wildlife lover grabbed his camera. Said Newton, “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!’”
Photos of the encounter have gone viral, as the lynx are notoriously elusive. Newton himself has only spotted them in the wild a handful of times. “They were so cute. It was cute-tastic,” Newton said. “It was amazing.”
The family stayed long enough for the photographer to take dozens of photos. “They started to play again. For the next 40 minutes, they all played on my deck. They were chasing each other, rolling and wrestling,” said Newton.
After playtime was decidedly over, the mother rounded up her cubs and marched them back to the forest. The Dodo reports that Newton felt delighted and giddy from the experience, and considers the encounter a sort of “miracle.” He said,
“We’re always thrilled to encounter wildlife. It makes me feel thankful — thankful for where I live. I’m thankful to have seen these lynx up close.”
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