Anchorage-based photographer Tim Newton was awoken by the padding of well-padded feet one morning when a mother lynx and her seven kittens stopped by his backyard deck.
Lynx are relatively common in Alaska though the wild felines are notoriously elusive – being noisy doesn't work when your major food source are speedy snowshoe hares. They also bear litters averaging 2 to 4 kittens; the number roughly coincides with the availability of their fluffy, fleet-footed prey.
Well, 2017 must be a banner year for snowshoe hare because the mother lynx who brought her litter to Tim Newton's deck numbered seven! Lucky (ahem) for Newton, the photographer just happened to have a loaded camera at hand and over approximately 40 minutes he snapped upwards of 200 photos. You can view many of his snaps over at his Instagram and Facebook pages.
It's not everyday that “bigfoot” and her kids decide to drop by the house, it's just unusual that for once the photographer managed to take some shots in focus. As for those almost-comically large feet, not to worry, those kittens will grow into them by growing up to 40 pounds a piece. Then Newton might not be so thrilled to host this wild and woolly family. (via Only In Your State)