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Monday, August 10, 2015

Mountain Lion Monday - Kitten Glimpses

I discovered that a trail camera captured a few more peeks at the tiny mountain lion kittens as they passed under a bear marking tree with their mother. Their mother was probably taking them from one den to another. When they're so small, they stay in a den almost all the time.

The first glimpse was the collared mother with one kitten in front of her.
Mom was all business, herding her kittens toward their next den.
The second kitten was following close behind mom's tail. Look at the kitten's camouflage!
Like the playful kitten that he is, he decided to climb up a small rock. It gave us a better view of him!
With his stern mother keeping him moving, he didn't linger on the rock. He hurried back to his place in line.
I hope that we get more glimpses of these two kittens in the coming months!

27 comments:

  1. They are so cute! It's so awesome that we get to see these photos!

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  2. Absolutely precious! How long do they hold onto their spots and how long do they stay with their mom? Love these pics!

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  3. Such great shots - they are adorable...probably not the right word for majestic mountain lions, but...

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  4. Oh so sweet. I hope they continue to give us a glimpse of their lives.

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  5. How lucky you are to get shots of this special family! I wonder how much my 5 little ones are like these two? :-)!

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  6. Just amazing. They sure are cute.
    Blessings,
    Michelle

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  7. The spots are fascinating - are they part of their protection in providing a bit more camouflage? We can't wait to see more of them as they grow.

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  8. What a TREAT!! Hope they do some more moving...

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  9. This is truly wonderful to see the little ones, and a careful watchful Mum.

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  10. So awesome. I am just thrilled to see them doing so well in an area.

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  11. How awesome, they are so cute with their spots
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  12. Wow!! What great (and adorable!) camouflage!

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  13. I had no clue that they have a different fur when they are kittens... I wish them all the best and a good lion-life...

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  14. Ah, how sweet!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  15. We didn't know they had spots how cute!!!
    stella rose

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  16. OMD!!! (or should I say OMC?! ☺) ADORABLES!!!! I am so glads you caught them! I wanna say they are cuddly, butts Ma says not unless I likes a snooter full of claws! BOL
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  17. You are blowing me away with these mountain lion - and now mountain kitten - pictures! Just...WOW.

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  18. Incredible KB! I've missed coming by with our friends here, but now life will return to normal.
    Joy to you.
    Noreen

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  19. Great questions, Pip! Mountain lion kittens start losing their spots when they are around 12 weeks old. The spots fade slowly and are still vaguely apparent when they are 8 months old (but you have to look very hard to see them). I think these are quite young kittens (maybe 6-8 weeks old?).

    Kittens stay with their mom for 12-18 months. At that point, they look almost as big as their mom. For the kittens I've followed in the past, I'd guess that they stayed for close to the full 18 months.

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  20. What great glimpses! And how amazing nature can be - what great adaptation to have spotty camouflage when young and vulnerable.

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