A lynx experience to remember!!

Oct 3rd, 2017 | By | Category: All Kinds of Everything

3.10.2017 – Source: Facebook, Photos Tim Newton

Anchorage resident Tim Newton awoke to the sound of something running across his deck in the area of Flattop, last Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. So naturally, he went to check it out.

“I crept over to the window and opened the curtains a crack, and could see it looked like a cat,” he told. But to his surprise it was no regular house cat.

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“I started to think nothing more of it,” he 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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The very next thing Newton did was grab his camera.

“Normally when you see a lynx, you have just enough time to get your camera out, and then they’re gone,” says Newton. “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.”

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But that was not the end of it.

Newton says he captured approximately 10 or 20 photos, before the lynx kittens disappeared off the north end of the deck to the other side of the house. Ultimately, this led him to discover the rest of the litter and mother lynx.

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At first, Newton says he didn’t see the lynx kittens, so he thought they were gone. But then, he heard the mother mewing from the brush, as she tried to camouflage.

“Then I saw the grass… rustling,” he says. “It’s like in Jurassic Park! We got the velociraptors going through the bushes – well that’s what I saw. And lo and behold, one by one, all these baby lynx came to mama and shuffled out onto the deck, right in front of me, where I was standing behind the screen.”

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In total, the family was made up of eight lynx – seven kittens and one mother. Lynx are commonly known to be solitary animals. And if you see them at all, they tend to leave your sight after a brief moment.

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But in this rare case, the lynx family stuck around for quite some time.

“They were using the deck as a playground,” he says. “And those cats were chasing each other, and frolicking, and crouching and running. Just back and forth, across that deck, for about a half-hour.”

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He adds jokingly, “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 says there was almost never a moment in which one of the kits were not interested in running away from, or chasing, another one kitten – or two. So for the next half-hour, Newton says he just went back and forth, from window to window, photographing them.

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At one point, Newton decided to test his luck by going outside to continue photographing the kits. While the mother was cautious and alert, he says she was also very calm with him in her presence. Moreover, some of the kittens were very intrigued by Newton.

“I actually had my bathrobe on,” says Newton. “So I didn’t have legs, as far as the kits could tell. And I didn’t have eyes or a head. I just had this big round thing that went ‘Click, click, click.’ So I think the little kittens didn’t have any clue what I might be.”

After about 40 total minutes of visitation, Newton says all the kits worked their way over to the mother lynx, and she then walked off into the bushes with her family.

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Newton summarizes it as an experience to remember.

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  1. Dear Mervi
    Thank you and Tim Newton for such a heartwarming
    story. I feared as I scrolled down that the little Lynx
    kitten was going to be an orphan. Even more so when
    I saw the others. What a relief to see that mother was
    there as well.
    To see the family playing on the decking and then
    going off into thevforeet together

  2. What a nice meeting on the porch.
    The kittens are adorable ! 🙂

  3. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for bringing us another great story!
    That must have been quite an experience to watch a mother lynx with unbelievable seven kids playing on the deck together. I didn´t know that lynxes could have so many kittens.
    They probably must have their paws full to manage their education…
    Wonderful pics!


  4. Dear Mervi,

    Simply amazing!! Mama lynx must have a busy time of caring for her adorable children! The kittens are in good shape — my, my what big feet we have 🙂

    Hugs, Sarsam

  5. Dear Mervi,
    this is an interesting story. I am glad the mother and the kids look nice. I think they have enough food to come over the winter.

  6. Liebe Mervi,

    das ist eine ganz zauberhafte Geschichte.
    Schade, dass man nicht weiß, wo in den USA ? das passiert ist.

    OMG, sieben Luchskinder groß zu ziehen, ist eine große Herausforderung
    für die Mutter. Vielleicht war sie deswegen auf der Suche nach einem helfenden Tierpfleger?

    Liebe Grüße

  7. Dear Mervi, saying that this is an experience is the statement of the year!!! And yes, these kiddies do have big feet just like the mother. I think that the mother is pretty busy with this litter of 7 rascals.
    Thanks for showing this.
    By the way, I cannot open The Knuipe. Are there again access problems?

  8. Patricia and everybody!

    There are unfortunately server problems in Knutitours again and the door of our Knuipe is closed for the time being. Please, try again later – I hope it will work soon again!

    Hugs from a very frustrated Mervi

  9. Dear MERVI – I made a long comment showing how excited and pleased I was of this wonderful incidential experience of TIM NEWTON at close range and this report. Unbelievable the lynx faily allowed him to observe them for 40 (FOURTY!!) minutes. I am completely charmed by those lovely creatures, and espceially by the little-ones! . . . You may understand that I am not in the mood to write again the long version. May be some even prefer a short one . . .

    Thank you so much and anybody who made it posssible we could enjoy all this, yourself included – of course!

    For me, it nearly llok in the phote that the lynx mother may even be a lynx-father!?!