Nature’s Antics

by Keith Stutzman | Dec 1, 2022 | 0 comments

Bobcat. Photo © Dogwood Ridge.

The sun wasn’t up yet, but there were streaks of pink in the east. As I sat on a small bluff overlooking a field, a few deer and even several wary coyotes wandered past in the field below.

As I sat a little longer, something caught my eye! It glided swiftly down the field lane. As it came closer, I saw a bobcat and two of her babies. The youngsters were frolicking around and playing together. They would run ahead and hide in the tall grass on either side of the lane, then jump out on the other one and pretend to fight.

Once, one of the babies caught a mouse. It played with the mouse as a cat does, batting it around or throwing it up in the air. Sometimes it just sat and stared at the hapless mouse. Now the mouse had partially revived and began to move. So the bobcat went after it again.

A little before they went out of sight, I saw both babies go into the tall grass and not appear for a little while. The mother just sat and waited. It appeared she got tired of that so went into the grass to look for them. Suddenly the babies came out again, but their mother wasn’t there! They ran around, seeming to look for her. There, now out she jumped and spanked them soundly, and they all went on their merry way.

I enjoyed my early morning observations of nature! God has made them wonderful!

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