Soon thereafter, the smaller kitten caught up and took a drink close to mom. At the same time, the bigger kitten decided to depart in style!
The bigger kitten came back to pounce on the smaller one but he wasn't interested in playing.
He has one eye without eye shine, and he's lagging in size and energy well behind his sibling. I hope that he's okay.
The family walked up the trail to a mountain lion marking spot. Mom paused to wait for the little ones while they sniffed a scent mark left by a mountain lion about 6 weeks ago. It's amazing how sensitive their noses are!
Before the family moved onward, the kittens explored some more close to mom.
this little family. Based on past years, I know that the kittens will stay with mom until February or so. They'll shift their movements to areas that get less snow. I hope that we can follow them for that long.
Check out the short video if you have time. The cuteness and playfulness abounds!