Bet you've never seen eight lynx together at once?!
Tim Newton has been a photographer for close to 30 years. And while living on a mountainous property near Chugach State Park, in Anchorage, Alaska, being witness to a variety of wonderful wildlife certainly comes with the territory.
Saying that, what Newton found on his deck late in September was even a surprise and shock for this veteran lens man.
Lynx are a secretive animal. Spotting one in the wild is akin to finding a needle in a haystack, therefore making each encounter with these precious felines even that much more special. But to find eight at once? That is truly remarkable and rare.
According to a Facebook post, Newton was awakened to sounds coming from his porch on the morning of September 19. While carefully and slowly opening a window, he was shocked to find a pair of lynx kittens playing literally two feet away. Then the entire group showed up.
It was then momma lynx decided to join in on the fun:
The unforgettable experience lasted 40 minutes before the kittens followed behind mom and wandered back into the woods.
Canada lynx generally have a litter of one to four kittens, although that number can be higher when prey is abundant. To see seven little ones is virtually unheard of.
One thing's for certain: it's going to be hard to top this wonderful wildlife sighting. Then again, for wildlife photographer living in Alaska, anything is possible.
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Images via Tim Newton Photography/Facebook.