A photographer captures a dynamic image of a mother bobcat teaching her offspring a bit of self-defense
TAKING FIRM BUT FRIENDLY SWIPES, a mother bobcat (at left) teaches her female offspring some potentially life-saving moves during a bout of play fighting. Working in a nature preserve in Santa Barbara, California, photographer Barry Rowan followed three generations of this family during four years. After one of this mother’s kittens disappeared, she began devoting herself to play fights with the other. “The loss seemed to redouble the mother’s efforts to teach her remaining kitten the hunting skills that she would need to survive on her own,” says Rowan.
To submit images for consideration, please send to email@example.com with “Shared Moment” in the subject line.
Support NWF and help safeguard the future of wildlife >>
More from National Wildlife magazine and NWF
Take the Clean Earth Challenge and help make the planet a happier, healthier place.Learn More
Promoting more-inclusive outdoor experiences for allRead More
A groundbreaking bipartisan bill aims to address the looming wildlife crisis before it's too late, while creating sorely needed jobs.Read More
More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 52 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.