January 12, 2018 4:26 pm
Updated: January 12, 2018 8:00 pm

Baby bobcat pays rare visit to Nova Scotia family’s backyard

Images of a baby bobcat go viral after the tiny creature paid a visit to the backyard of a Nova Scotia home.


A baby bobcat has gone viral after it paid a visit to the backyard of a Nova Scotia family’s home.

The cute little critter, estimated to be roughly a year in age, came right up to Kevin Estey’s patio door earlier this week in the Tantallon region of Nova Scotia.

“[She was] roaming all over the deck, smelling everything, and stayed for about four minutes,” Estey wrote in a Facebook post that, as of Friday afternoon, has been shared over 1,500 times.

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The four minutes were enough for Estey to capture a few photos and a video of his cat, Waffles, getting well-acquainted with the young bobcat — through the safety of a glass door.

“Our kitty sits in the window all the time all of the day watching and meowing,” Estey wrote.

Estey believes the critter was part of a group, including a large bobcat and two smaller kittens, that has been spotted in the region throughout the fall.

He’s tried to take a photo of the mother but says it’s been very quick.

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According to Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources, bobcats are normally quite shy and solitary except for when females are accompanied by their kittens.

Although rare for bobcats to approach humans,  Andrew Hebda, a zoologist at the Nova Scotia Museum, said it’s likely that it happens more than people realize.

“There have been several cases in the last several years of them approaching dwellings, sitting by the road, or just passing through people’s back yards,” Hebda wrote in an email.

Estey says he was very happy to be able to capture the kitten on camera.

“It’s not often they are so photogenic,” he said.

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