The Denver Post reports an encounter in Boulder, Colorado between a mountain lion (or “cougar”; Puma concolor) and a housecat (Felis catus; an 11-year-old Maine coon named Zeus). It was all documented in pictures by Gail Loveman, Zeus’s owner.
The interaction between the cats went on for about 5 minutes.
Zeus typically stands tall, hisses and acts fairly aggressive when he sees other animals – mostly squirrels, other house cats or even dogs – through the glass door. But Zeus remained calm as he appraised the big cat.
“I think he thought ‘Hmmm! This is different,’ ” Loveman said.
When the lion left the porch, Loveman went to an upstairs balcony and spotted a second lion, which Loveman thought was likely the mother of the first lion.
She watched and took photos as the cats wandered off, jumped a fence and disappeared.
Have a look at the 15-image slide show of the incident here, from which I’ve taken a few images:
Curiously, there was a statue of a cougar in the front yard, which the real cougar investigated.