On an unexpected cam, I found some wonderful footage of our mother mountain lion and her three kittens.
First, you'll see the mother in darkness. I believe that she is staring toward where she either had just heard her prey or where a carcass was stashed. It was my lucky day because the carcass was close to my cam, and the lion family passed the cam many times.
In the next scene, in dim daylight, her kittens emerge from behind the cam. Notice how the second one places his paws exactly in the first one's paw prints, saving just a little bit of energy. One of them comes back to look for the third sibling who soon emerges from behind the cam. What amazing young kittens!
At about the 2 minute mark, a kitten appears from the right and sits to stare down at the area behind the cam. I suspect that his family was down there. He calls in a high pitched chirp and his mother answers from behind the cam. Be sure to have your sound on to hear their vocalizations.
The final scene is the best. Mom appears in front of the cam. She makes a "scrape" in the snow while staring down behind the cam. Then, one kitten joins her. The affection between them is so clear. Mom does both low pitched and high pitched vocalizations in this clip. Enjoy!
Here is the video: