Local lynx family filmed returning to Anchorage photographer's house

Lynx family during their first visit (photo Courtesy of Tim Newton Photography)
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - After becoming a viral sensation in September, a local lynx family has returned to an Anchorage resident's home. The videos posted to social media show the kittens have grown bigger.

Tim Newton, a professional photographer, captured unforgettable images of a lynx mother and her seven kittens in September.

At that time, Newton told Channel 2 that he was woken up by the sound of the lynx running on his deck. During the 40-minute visit, he was able to stand outside in his bathrobe and photograph the animals.

Newton posted to social media Saturday to say the lynx family had returned with mother and kits playing in the snow, again on his deck. This time though it wasn't Tim behind the camera, his wife Cathy was the one who snapped the footage of the lynx.

Cathy Newton describes that she heard a sound like a woodpecker on the deck. She peeked out between her blinds: "Two kittens were playing on the deck, and then the mother and the rest of the kittens walked by," writes Cathy.

Tim wasn't home so she didn't have access to his professional quality camera, instead she used her phone.

"The kittens were all frolicking and running wildly on the deck. Mom was a big kitten herself, rough housing and batting them around. Pulling them underneath her and running with them. I was just spellbound," writes Cathy.

She says her phone had limited storage so she had to run back and forth between her computer and the deck to download the clips and then shoot some more.

Newton uploaded a second slow-motion video to YouTube that shows the big-pawed rambunctious kittens playing together, Mom becomes involved and quickly shuts down the rough-and-tumble play.

Cathy says she heard the mother mew before they all went off back into the wild. "The kittens have grown so much! They looked so healthy. And they were so agile and playful!"

More videos of the lynx family are set to be uploaded to social media and to Newton's website.