Woman discovers a mountain lion napping in her home.


An Oregon woman recently returned home to an unexpected visitor: a mountain lion, who slept for another six hours behind her sofa.


Lauren Taylor’s house in Ashland, Oregon, was the scene of an unusual encounter on July 8. Taylor explains in a Facebook post that the cat likely entered her home through an open back door after drinking from a pond in her backyard. Tuesday morning, the post received over 17,000 replies and shares.



The huge cat slept for more than six hours in Taylor’s house before departing calmly and likely well refreshed. “This is insane,” wrote the young woman. “She probably didn’t realize she was walking indoors until she was inside because the door was open, and the room had large plants and stairs made around actual tree branches.”

Taylor’s roommate, who saw the mountain lion and yelled, scared the cat after entering the house. The wild animal hid under the sofa and slept for several hours due to this. Taylor created a noise to startle the cat but then “gazed lovingly into her eyes, and communicated using feline-speak eye blinking to calm her,” according to Taylor.

“It was incredible to realize that something actually worked.” Taylor continued, “I gazed lovingly, then blinked hard, and then she did it back,” noting that the cat went back to sleep. “She seemed definitely at ease, and she exhibited no desire to leave.”


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