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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Nature's Feline Kittens: Bobcats and Mountain Lions

It is the season of juvenile animals in the forest. In the course of a few days, I found footage of baby bobcats and teenage mountain lions in the forest.

The bobcats were, by far, the youngest ones that I've ever seen. I suspect that their mother was moving them from one den to another. They definitely are too young to be out and about with her yet. In this photo, there are two kittens, one under her front legs and one under her hind legs.
When I first saw the video of the bobcat kittens, I thought that they were puppies because they were so little.

They traveled only a short distance on the animal trail, and then they must have gone to a new den.

Around the same time, the two kittens from the mountain lion family we've been following were exploring together around mid-morning. When they arrived by my cam, one stopped in front of it. You can see the faded spots on his neck and shoulder.

He's incredibly handsome...

Then, his sibling arrived, and the two of them sniffed a lion marking area in front of the cam. I'd never noticed how lion kitten tails are banded, with stripes above the black tip.
Daytime sightings like this one are wonderful!

I have a short video of the bobcat and mountain lion kittens. Enjoy!


Thanks to the LLB Gang for Hosting Nature Friday and to Comedy Plus for hosting Feline Friday.

22 comments:

  1. Those babies ARE tiny....what an incredible sight. I wonder if they move dens often when the kittens are so little--like some domestic cats do. Great video of all the cats.

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  2. Hari OM
    Furbulous footage!!! YAM xx

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  3. It's always such fun to see the kittens. The mountain lions are so gorgeous!

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  4. How cute those little bobcat kittens are. The mountain lions sure were curious about all the smells around them.

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  5. Both species are so beautiful. You're right, the Bobcat kits do look like puppies!

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  6. Love the kittens! Beautiful animals all of them.

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  7. Oh my. You nailed felines for sure. They are magnificent.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Scritches to the pups. ♥

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  8. Oh my word...thanks to you I have been able to see a most amazing clip of baby Bobcat kittens...So tiny
    and then bang they are huge. I love their tails.
    Hugs Cecilia

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  9. They are so awesome. What a life they have. Nice to see them in the daylight.

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  10. Those kittens must be very young indeed - those pudgy little bodies making their legs look short! You're right, KB, they look like what I call the "beanbag stage" of puppies! Wow, what phenomenal footage.
    And the lions...ah. Just so beautiful, with their almond eyes and elegant profiles.
    Thanks, KB, for adding beauty and wonder to what has been a somewhat dark day.

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  11. Oh lookie at the kittehs!!! So adorables! And the Mountain lions are sooooooo purty! My tail was almost that fluffy befores my stole my furs ☺
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

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  12. Here kitty, kitty, kitty! You get some of the best video we have ever seen!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  13. Such good footage! Thanks for sharing, I’ve never seen bobcat kittens before.

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  14. Oh my gosh, I love these mountain kitties so much!! Thank you for sharing!

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  15. These are great sightings indeed! What a big difference in the size of the two species of kittens.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  16. They are such beautiful critters!

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  17. That baby bobcats, would that be bobkittens, are so cute. Amazing how they know to stay close to Mom. Your videos are so crystal clear - keep 'em coming.

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  18. Tiny kittens, their little legs would have been trying to keep up with their Mum, love that video.

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  19. SQUEEE...those Bobcat kittens are adorable!!

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  20. Wonderful glimpses of the life that surrounds you!

    Cheers,
    Chris from Boise

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  21. Congratulations for capturing such wonderful photos and video footage. Amazing. Thank you!

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