19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Bobcat and Kitten

On this Spring evening I decided to head out for a short hike. With limited time and exploring a new area, I didn’t expect to see much, and was thrilled to run into a bobcat and her kitten. Mom took the lead as they moved at a steady pace for a while, but the kitten couldn’t resist showing her affection to mom. Whenever they stopped, she would rub her head against her mother’s head, creating touching moments such as this one.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2020
Date Uploaded: 07.2021
Photo Location: California, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Vishal Subramanyan
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