This man woke up to a strange sound, then he saw this on his porch.

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This man woke up to a strange sound, then he saw this on his porch.

Tim Newton is used to seeing wildlife, since he lives in Alaska on a property that borders a large nature preserve.

But one recent morning he awoke to the sounds of something he’d never seen before: a group of lynx kittens playing on his porch.

“It was right near dawn. I heard some noises; it was like something scrambling on the deck,” Tim told The Dodo. “Coming out of my slumber, I thought, ‘What the heck is that?’ So I put on my bathrobe and slowly eased back the curtain. And right there, 2 feet away, was a lynx kitten. He was sitting there watching his siblings race by.”

Tim is a photographer, so even though he just woke up, he grabbed his camera and began photographing the romping ruckus. Lynx are very hard to spot and are very shy of humans, so he knew what a golden opportunity he had.

“They were running back and forth, pouncing on each other,” Newton said. “I started snapping away. I thought, ‘Wow! What incredible luck. This just beats all. This is just wonderful!'”

Then Tim’s luck got even better. After some time, the lynx kittens went into the yard and Tim thought they might disappear back into the wild. But then he heard the mother mewing from the grass, and soon she — and the rest of her litter — all went back onto the deck.

For 40 minutes, the kittens romped, played and chased one another, creating a stir. But Tim kept quiet, snapping away with his camera and capturing some unguarded, intimate moments of an elusive, adorable animal.

Tim’s presence went unnoticed, except for one curious kitten, who came up close to investigate.

Eventually playtime had to end, and the mother lynx rounded up her young ones and herded them back into the wild. But Tim felt grateful for the time he spent with them.

“We’re always thrilled to encounter wildlife,” Tim told The Dodo. “It makes me feel thankful — thankful for where I live. I’m thankful to have seen these lynx up close.”

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