A weekday afternoon at home with her children turned into a nerve-wracking watch and wait situation when a San Diego woman realized a bobcat was in her backyard.
The Torrey Hills resident, who asked to be identified only as Millie, was just sitting by a window overlooking her backyard around 3 p.m. Monday when she noticed a large animal jump on her neighbor’s fence.
“It just came out of nowhere,” she told NBC 7.
She soon realized it was no ordinary domestic cat and recalled earlier reports on NBC 7 about a bobcat at a nearby school.
When she tried to walk outside to get a closer look, the big cat left.
However, moments later it was back in the yard for what she estimated to be a good 20 minutes.
“He was hanging out under some flowering plants just relaxing,” she said.
Her property overlooks a canyon with no houses behind. Both neighbors have dogs which may be why the cat preferred resting in the shade in her yard.
Millie called animal control, concerned because she has two young children – ages 2 and 2 months – but officers told her bobcat sightings are common in San Diego County and that attacks reported by the animal on humans are rare.
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So she hung out and watched the cat, taking several photos that she submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Every time I would go by the window he would look at me,” she said.
Eventually, the bobcat got up and left without incident.
“Maybe he was resting and it was time to move on,” she said.