January 5, 2014

Snow Cats

Photograph by Steve Winter, National Geographic

Experts thought cougars rarely socialize, but F51, a female living near Grand Teton National Park, traveled and fed with another female one spring. Eventually the other female adopted one of F51’s kittens.

See more pictures from the December 2013 feature story “Ghost Cat.”

75 comments
Alexandra Boyle
Alexandra Boyle

how on earth did Steve such a good combo of light. So good. 

William Gaskell
William Gaskell

Would love to know the 3 spellings of the word (there) referred to by Chris, and contractions do not count.

Shannon T
Shannon T

So cute! That little baby is adorable and mama is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Chris Moar
Chris Moar

Drkamal needs to know the difference between the 3 spellings of the word (there) & their Meanings!

Drkamal Mohanani
Drkamal Mohanani

THEY ARE AT THERE PLACE , BEAUTIFUL SNOW CAT -DRKAMAL MOHANANI

Alex Geifman
Alex Geifman

Flash light is so ugly, but I guess there was no other mean to capture the scene. And the scene is definitely worth capturing!  

Tiffany Z
Tiffany Z

it's so unlike a photo, must be painted by a artist of master

pala lechat
pala lechat

Very beautiful shot, thank you for sharing.

ERHAN ALTAN
ERHAN ALTAN

A cool pic of nature..quite silent look.

Randy de Mars
Randy de Mars

Wonderful. As a graduate of BYU and retiree from Washington State University (both of which use the Cougar as a mascot symbol) I have always had a love for these cats. Seeing them like this in an amazing photograph is a testimony to the skill of this photographer. After 50 years of hunting in Washington and Utah I have seen many cougar tracks but only two Cougars. Well done.

J. Quick
J. Quick

Meh, honestly this is the weakest Photo of The Day for the past few weeks...


But at least nature is ALWAYS beautiful! 

VIDA KAZLAUSKIS
VIDA KAZLAUSKIS

A BEAUTIFUL MOTHERLY INSTINCT.  I LOVE THE EXPRESSION ON THE FEMALE'S FACE THAT THE PHOTOGRAPHER CAUGHT. 

Janice H.
Janice H.

Are the cats looking at the photographer?       Unbelievably magnificent shot.        So great to get to see them this close in their environment.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A wonderful photograph,high lighting two animals seemingly posed for their shot. And the story is even more amazing.Reading the comment by A I, is very interesting. Tho'my eyes see the picture, I now see the" what maybe" of it. j.e.s.

A I
A I

That the kitten has a rope around him is particularly disturbing to me.  Whether or not anyone accepts my other observations this one in particular gets my attention, because it is definitely there--the others can be dismissed as opinion or misinterpretation.  Let me say too--that the story associated with the photo is about F51 and her passing off her kitten to another female.  I didn't assume that this referred to the she-lion and kitten in THIS photo, rather an observation made of two Mountain Lions in the Grand Tetons.  This is a common convention in Wild Life photography, that the story is the story, but the photo is an example of the species involved in the story not necessarily the subject of the story.  I might be wrong in this case, but I sort of stand by my observation--this looks like a nursing age kitten, so why would the mother pass it off to an apparently non-nursing surrogate, which would certainly result in its death? Yes, it is the wild and not every wild mother is capable of accepting or rearing it's offspring--but if we are to believe the story F51 essentially "seduced" another she-lion to accept her kitten....but before weaning?  Why would she do that?  Milk production is uncomfortable, so why would the mother adopt out this kitten prior to weaning?  Just trying to think it through...

Diva Helen
Diva Helen

el fotografo merece ser primiado  si es que arriesgo su vida tomandola, la fotografia no es cuestion de clikear, las fotos demuestran sentido, cohesion, detalles que se distingen ya sea minimos pero tienen grande anecdotas impresionantes..


Arthur Campbell
Arthur Campbell

I loge the scenery, shading and species. All around wonderful picture

Sharon Smith
Sharon Smith

What a poignant and beautiful photo---that deserves Photo of the Day!   Love it, thanks for sharing this photo with us all!

Bruce C Dubey
Bruce C Dubey

@William Gaskell An arbitrary imposition on your part, considering that Chris' informal usage of "word" did not detract from the intended meaning, and thus did not interfere with interpretation or comprehension. He could have used the term "homophone," which is defined as words that sound alike, but which also classifies "there," "their" and the contraction "they're" each as a "word."


Bottom line is that Chris was pointing out a real problem with grammar, while your objection has little merit.  

Sean M.
Sean M.

@A I Its not a rope, it is a small tracking collar 

Bruce C Dubey
Bruce C Dubey

@William Gaskell

Personally, I don't bother policing comments for proper English usage, other than to sometimes question where the meaning becomes confused. However, I will occasionally point out such errors in blogs and articles to be helpful, and as I feel there should be an expectation that they should be held to a higher standard. Nonetheless, I don't fault others who feel so compelled doing so in a civil manner; it's all good. I do think Chris would have done better to reply directly to Drkamal, with the understanding that English may quite possibly be a second or third language for him.

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