Monday, June 7, 2010

Kitty in the garden

I woke up this morning and found the bobcat sleeping in our courtyard! I couldn't at first figure out what Sammy was staring at... I thought at first he was absorbed in a lizard but as I got closer to the sliding glass doors I saw this lovely bobcat sprawled fast asleep among my flowers. I went and grabbed my camera and just started shooting pictures. He must have heard us talking but he did not exhibit any fear. He picked his head up and swiveled it and started to clean himself. Sammy started to mew and the bobcat's ears perked up. He got up very slowly to see what the noise was. He was not in hunting mode for sure. He walked over to the glass doors and was nosing the door where Sammy was doing the same thing on the other side. The whole thing was amazing. We have 12" square holes about 7 1/2' off the ground in our courtyard wall. That is how the bobcat eventually left and I assume that is how he got in as well. It is completely enclosed so he was protected from the coyotes.  I will be interested to see if he is there tomorrow as well. I will post a video of some pictures at the end of this post. He looks so cuddly, no?

10 comments:

Angie in AZ said...

I seriously would think I died and went to heaven to wake and find that gorgeous creature so close! What a true gift you were given! He's a small little guy though, isn't he... or she. Didn't look like Sammy was too thrilled though with that tail all poofed out! Obviously, this is one smart cat knowing what a safe haven it found to sleep! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your courtyard!

Angie in AZ said...

By the way, I'm in AZ too! I"m central Phoenix. You obviously don't live in the middle of a city!

Cathy said...

What a magnificent creature! And how lucky that both cats seemed curious but not at all threatened. You might have a new addition to your landscape!

norma said...

Great pictures! You're lucky that your cat was so placid about it. I heard the most horrendous noises coming from my kitchen a couple of years ago and it was my very meek and mild female calico howling at the cat on the other side of the glass door to my deck. The other cat was very unperturbed, but my cat was very territorial and having no part of another cat in her space.

Terry said...

How beautiful! What a lovely surprise that must have been. I'm so glad you were able to get such good pictures.

Rayela Art said...

Wonderful, Sherryl! Those paws are just something! Love your home, too!

Michigoose said...

Great job! I've only seen two...One was one which had been caught in my neighbor's trap. I was dumbfounded that one was in SW Ohio in farm country in the 1970s.

Sometimes, I guess they mate with domestic cats, but I've never seen such a thing...but then bobcats aren't usually seen!

Barb Forrister said...

He's beautiful, Sherryl. Thanks for sharing

pam said...

What a cool thing to see! Your pictures are great, I feel like I was there too.

Trish said...

Wow, that would be great to see. It looks so "at home" among the flowers. Thanks for sharing! So neat to see!