Kittens at Play

The Jungle Cat is one of our smaller predators. They’re dominated by the bigger cats such as Tigers and Leopards. Hence, Jungle Cats usually keep a low profile and are often quite difficult to spot in the wild. This is the story of a female Jungle Cat and her 4 kittens playing on the forest track in Velavadar National Park, Gujarat.

Jungle Cat kitten playing with its mother's tail

While searching for wolves at Velavadar one evening, I came across a Jungle Cat sitting in the middle of the forest road with a kitten playing beside her. Careful not to disturb them, I kept a good distance from them.

Jungle Cat kitten leaping

The kitten shows off amazing jumping skills!

Jungle Cat kittens at play

Just as the first kitten was playing around, a second one appeared.

Jungle Cat kittens at play

Like all babies, the Jungle Cat kittens love to play. Here, the kittens were using their mother’s tail as a toy.

Jungle Cat kittens at play

While thinking that this couldn’t get any better, it did. A third kitten joined in!

Jungle Cat kittens at play

And then, there were four kittens!

Jungle Cat kittens at play

More jumping with the mother’s tail being the centre of attraction.

Jungle Cat kittens leaping

Two kittens launch in the air simultaneously, one of them jumping on the mother’s back.

Jungle Cat kittens at play

The tail is just irresistible!

Jungle Cat kitten preparing to leap

A kitten gets on the hind legs, ready to launch into a jump.

Jungle Cat kitten leaping

Airborne!

Jungle Cat kitten leaping

On the way down

Jungle Cat kitten landing

The Landing

Jungle Cat kittens playing with their mother's tail

Can’t get enough of the tail

Jungle Cat kittens at play

Rolling on mother’s back

Jungle Cat female and kittens staring

Who goes there?

Jungle Cat kittens at play

Up until this moment, the mother hadn’t seen me.

Jungle Cat kittens getting off the forest track

When the mother saw me, it was a kind of a silent signal to all the kittens to run for cover. They all ran to get off  the road.

Jungle Cat kittens getting off the forest track

The little kittens getting off the road in their own cute way

Jungle Cat

After the kittens had taken cover, the mother continued staring back. Everything from start to finish, lasted just over a minute. A once in a lifetime moment.