Oregon woman finds mountain lion napping in her home: ‘This is wild’

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An Oregon woman recently came home to an unusual surprise: a mountain lion, which continued taking a nap for six more hours behind her sofa.

The odd encounter took place on July 8 in the Ashland, Ore., home of Lauren Taylor. In a Facebook post, Taylor explains that after drinking from a pond in her backyard, the cat likely entered into her home through an open back door. The post had garnered more than 17,000 reactions and shares as of Tuesday morning.

The large cat napped for over six hours in Taylor’s home before she left peacefully, and very likely, well rested. “This is wild,” the young woman wrote. “The door was open and the room has huge plants and stairs built around real tree branches, so she likely didn’t even realize she was walking indoors until she was inside.”

After entering the home, the cat was startled by Taylor’s roommate, who screamed upon seeing the mountain lion. This prompted the wild animal to hide behind the sofa, where it snoozed for several hours. Taylor made a noise to wake the feline, but then “gazed lovingly into her eyes, and communicated using feline-speak eye blinking to calm her,” she wrote.

“It was amazing to realize that this worked. I gazed lovingly then blinked hard and then she did it back,” Taylor continued, adding that the cat then went back to sleep. “She clearly felt safe and she showed no inclination to leave.”