You don't see this every day, even where he lives.
A photographer from Alaska named Tim Newton was awakened early one cold morning by strange noises that were coming from his porch. Since he's a photographer, he always has his camera handy and it's such a great thing he had it on this particular day. When Tim saw the source of the strange noises, he was astonished to discover that it was a bunch of little cats. Tim was puzzled because at first, it wasn't sure what kind of cat they were. However, he quickly realized that he had a mama lynx and her gaggle of seven kittens on his deck.
The thing about lynx is that you don't often get a glimpse of them, so Tim quickly started taking photos and they're truly incredible to see. The first images showed the mama lynx calling all of her babies up to the porch. The little guys slowly made their way up, one by one, until they were all up there. They even looked at Tim through the door and kept right on playing as if he wasn't even there. As an Alaska native, Tim is well aware of all of the incredible landscapes and gorgeous wildlife of the state. However, this was something unusual.
The lynx is a solitary cat that lives in remote northern forests in Asia, Europe, and North America. They're covered in beautiful thick fur that keeps them nice and warm in the frigid northern winters. Even their huge paws are furry, and one reason they have such big paws is that they use them in a spreading tow motion that is almost like they're snowshoes.
As stealthy cats, lynx usually avoid human beings at all costs and do their hunting at night, so it's really unusual that they showed up on Tim's porch as they did, especially a mother and her kittens. Mother cats are very protective creatures.
Eventually, Tim's kittens made their way back down to the grass and Tim was able to snap a few more photos before they disappeared back into the wilderness. The resulting images went viral when he shared them on social media and they've gotten more attention this year.
Below, you can watch a video of the lynx family playing in the snow on Tim's deck in the snow.