The noise that was made by two lynx on the side of a Maine road last week was unlike anything Daniel Wadleigh had ever heard before.
And it certainly wasn’t the sound he expected the animals themselves to be making.
“This is the first time I’ve seen lynx, let alone two together making that weird noise,” he told Boston.com.
Wadleigh spotted the two wild animals on Friday. He’d driven out to Rockwood to scout some spots for fishing over the weekend and was driving back to Jackman when he saw the lynx, which almost blended in with the road and landscape, facing off on the side of the road.
At first, Wadleigh didn’t think much of it.
“I was like, ‘Oh, I think those are bobcats,’ and I kind of flew by it,” he recalled.
As he drove by, he realized they were lynx and “slammed on the brakes.” He backed up his car so he was level with them and got his phone out to take pictures.
The large cats, engaged in yowling at each other, paid no attention to him.
“I was going to just take pictures, and I realized they were making that weird noise and I was like, ‘I better film this, this is interesting,’” he said.
Eventually, one of the caterwauling animals walked away.
Wadleigh snapped a few photos of the remaining lynx and went on his way, later sharing the video on Facebook.
“It was an amazing experience in one of my favorite places,” he said. “I don’t think it gets much better than that.”