Mountain Lion, Deer Plunge Into Backyard Pool In California


Look out they’re coming in hot.

With a splash, a wild deer and a mountain lion ended up taking a swim together in a Glendale family’s backyard pool.

Rachel Wong says, “Did you watch this? This happened in my pool! It’s like National Geographic in our pool.”

The two animals wound up on Rachel Wong’s property after sprinting down this extremely steep hillside

From there, it was straight into the water.

Rachel Wong says, “My husband came in and asked if something fell in the pool and I was like well I don’t know, so it was all wet on both sides of the pool and I was like I don’t know I guess let’s look at the camera. I got the video I was like like oh my God.”

Local wildlife experts believe the mountain lion caught in this chase is a female named Nikita, who is known to roam around the Verdugo Mountain wilderness above Rachel’s Glendale home.

Mountain lions are absolutely ferocious animals and deadly hunters.

They can grow to as much as 220 pounds and run as fast as 50 miles an hour.

They can also jump more than 15 feet into the air which is how Nikita likely got over this chainlink fence after she and the deer exited the pool.

Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy Johanna Turner says, “Most incredible people thing I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately probably for the deer, I think it’s very possible the lion might’ve waited for the deer on her way out.”

This is the second time actually in Rachel’s life she’s seen a mountain lion.

The last time was when one got her dog.

Rachel Wong says, “It came cause I left my dog out. I tried to get it, but the mountain lion was faster than me.”

Its all still pretty freaky for neighbors.

As a new mom, Rachel will not be letting her daughter Joey outside on her own anytime soon.

Rachel Wong says, “Not even during the day because we have rattlesnakes as well.”

Experts say that, if you ever encounter a mountain lion, you should not run away, because that will trigger the cat to chase you.

Instead, you should make yourself look bigger and create a lot of noise. 

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