Living in the middle of the woods, cut off from the noise and pollution of the city streets is a dream every homeowner has. Peace, calm and tranquility are in plenty and you don’t have to worry about noisy neighbors or complaints. The cherry on the cake is catching a glimpse of a rare wild animal or a mesmerizing bird.
A Plethora Of Natural Bounty
Living away from the hustle and bustle of the city, sleeping in absolute silence with calming sounds of crickets chirping is what is seen today as a heaven. City dwellers backpack for hours on end to spend their weekend in the wilderness to get some peace and quiet.
Life In A Natural Reserve
If you are lucky enough, you can see beautiful scenes of mothers tending to their cubs or deer drinking water out of a pond near your house. One such retreat owner in Alaska got extremely lucky one morning when he opened the door to his porch.
Tim Newton’s House
Tim Newton’s house is smack dab in the middle of Alaska, a state in the United States that is untouched by industries and pollution. The wildlife in Alaska is second to none and happily cohabitates with the few humans who’ve made the place their home. His property shared a boundary with a wildlife reserve and that became the source of his astonishment that morning.
The Noise Was Unusual
Tim was in a deep slumber when he heard a strange noise on his front door. The noise was out of the ordinary because living in the wilderness didn’t have people knocking on his door very often. But it was a noise that he hadn’t heard before so he had to get up and check.
Lynxes On His Porch
When Tim opened the door he saw an entire family of Lynx kittens. He said to a local news outlet, “Right there, 2 feet away, was a lynx kitten. She was sitting there watching her babies race by.” He captured the Lynxes on video and posted it on Facebook, which generated a buzz across the globe.
The video, that was recorded and posted in September, saw Tim and his wife, Cathy Newton, become famous on the internet as it started garnering instant attention. The video also caught the attention of several news channels which featured the video in their top news. This was followed by international attention.
The Lynx: A Fable Or Reality?
Lynxes characteristically have tufts of hair on their ears generally black in color and a short tail. Their paws are padded and large in size which helps them walk on the snow. This wild beast has a thick mane which is quite similar to a lion’s.
Why Newton’s Lynxes Are Creating Buzz
The Lynxes captured on video by the Newtons is no ordinary feline. They are Canadian Lynx, a breed that is extremely rare and is considered to be exotic. The rarity is the result of their resemblance to their distant cousins, the bobcat. However, the Lynxes are a distinct breed altogether, found only in states that border Canada.
The Lynxes In The Video
The Lynxes caught on camera was a large family of 10. Though only eight were visible in the video and images, the Newtons claim that there were two other babies playing nearby. As far as the health of these cats is concerned, experts say they were healthy and energetic, judging from the video.
How Do Lynxes Function?
According to wildlife experts, The Canadian Lynx likes to be alone usually, whether it is for hunting or traveling. Also, it is partially nocturnal as the night provides it enough cover to attack its preys.
You can now understand why the video Tim posted attracted so much attention from the media and the netizens worldwide. The presence of the Lynx family wasn’t just a coincidence, it was a sight only a few people in the world get to witness, so capturing it was only logical.
The first reaction from the Newtons was extreme astonishment and absolute bewilderment. The thrill of witnessing an entire family of a breed that is extremely rare and seeing the exotic breed interact amongst themselves was obviously right off the bat. Usually, these animals prefer solitude and being away from other organisms as long as possible.
Observing The Feline Family
To Tim and Cathy, the sight of the family of Lynx playing together on their porch was a surreal experience. They wanted to share what they saw and felt with everyone they knew. They couldn’t wait to share their experience with others. The mother Lynx tending to her cub was a sight that maybe only a few people in the world have seen.
The Play Porch
After being woken up by the meowing of the Lynxes from far away, the family started coming to the porch bringing their mother along with them. Tim stood watching from a hiding point till the family had gotten comfortable on his porch and were playing among themselves. He didn’t show himself for fear of scaring them away.
The Hiding Spot
Tim did not leave his vantage ground and the Lynxes also probably weren’t aware of their secret hidden admirer which made them so comfortable on the porch, playing around fearlessly. The hiding spot gave Newton an amazing view of the ongoing events and that is visible in the pictures he took.
The scene came to an end when a cub walked right up to the screen behind which Tim was hidden, clicking pictures. His cover was blown that instant, the cub saw the camera and its face was filled with terror. However, only that cub ran away and Tim decided to be sneakier about clicking the pictures.
His sneaky retreat into the corner paid off as Tim got the chance to capture an incredible photo that only one in a million people gets a chance to click. The entire family of the Lynxes coincidently gathered in the same exact spot and Tim clicked a family portrait for his social media followers.
40 Minute Play Time
After the family portrait was clicked, the Lynx family went right back to playing around on the porch. Tim said, “For the next 40 minutes, they all played on my deck. They were chasing each other, rolling and wrestling.” You can imagine for yourself how amazing would it be to see the sight.
Tim said that the most interesting one to watch among all of them was the mother. It is rare to get a chance to observe a mother Lynx tending to her cubs. The mother was running behind her cubs ensuring that they didn’t get trapped or hurt each other while playing around.
To The Beyond
After being on the porch for about 45 minutes where Tim hid behind the screen clicking photos, the mama Lynx decided to round up her young cubs and move back to their natural habitat, in the wilderness. Tim said, “It makes me feel thankful — thankful for where I live. I’m thankful to have seen these lynxes up close.”
The Social Media
Once the Lynxes had left, Tim couldn’t stop himself from getting on his computer and sharing his experience with his friends and family on Facebook. The mysterious creatures that the Lynxes are, made sure that the pictures he uploaded made the rounds and go viral almost instantaneously.
The pictures Tim uploaded also ensured that a certain awareness was raised about the quickly disappearing population of the Canadian Lynx. The exotic creature is facing extinction because of its rarity and is being trapped and transported to the highest bidder.
This incident and the popularity of the images proved that the danger Lynxes are facing is huge as they are becoming an increasingly rare sight. Animal experts are alarmed by the rate at which the breed of Lynx is disappearing. The more people realize the threat the more they can work towards averting it.