Coming across a family of feral cats when you step out of your house in the morning is not an easy situation to deal with. But things may change a bit if you live a few steps from the Sonoran Desert in Arizona.
Kate Smith from Mesa has recently shared an adorable photo on Twitter to show the world what her front porch looks like. The photo currently going viral shows a mother bobcat and two cubs sleeping peacefully in the woman’s yard. Waking up with such a lovely sight can only be gratifying, but Kate says the uninvited guests have been there for almost a month now, and they don’t look like they’re leaving any time soon.
“These people have been here for a month,” Smith said. “I’ve been told that once the boys are old enough to hunt alone, they should continue, but they’ve been here for a while.”
The woman initially called the Arizona Game and Fish Department to ask for help, but according to officials transporting the bobcats can be quite dangerous for the animals. So, because of her love for wildlife, Kate finally accepted as her guest (no rent required). She can only hope that one day, the adorable cats will leave her porch.
“The answer they gave me was that if you take them out of their territory, they usually don’t survive, so I said, ‘Oh, forget it,’” the woman said. “I have a sign in my driveway for the delivery people to tell them not to enter our yard. Neighbors and families all know they shouldn’t come to the doorstep. Our dog is grounded at this point.”
Although they share the same porch, wildlife officials warned Kate not to go near the bobcat as they may feel uncomfortable, making them aggressive. “Everybody said, ‘Oh my god, give them water,’ but the deer and fish told me not to give them water because they didn’t want them to be comfortable,” Kate said.
In Santa Fe, New Mexico, this woman also woke up to a family of adorable bobcats comfortably taking over her porch. She even recorded them. See them below: