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.
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.
The kitten shows off amazing jumping skills!
Just as the first kitten was playing around, a second one appeared.
Like all babies, the Jungle Cat kittens love to play. Here, the kittens were using their mother’s tail as a toy.
While thinking that this couldn’t get any better, it did. A third kitten joined in!
And then, there were four kittens!
More jumping with the mother’s tail being the centre of attraction.
Two kittens launch in the air simultaneously, one of them jumping on the mother’s back.
The tail is just irresistible!
A kitten gets on the hind legs, ready to launch into a jump.
On the way down
Can’t get enough of the tail
Rolling on mother’s back
Who goes there?
Up until this moment, the mother hadn’t seen me.
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.
The little kittens getting off the road in their own cute way
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.