This is the only time I paid to shoot captive animals. I almost was not able to do this because I was in Canada on 9/11 and the borders were closed. Fortunately, I was able to cross the next day but the whole shoot was very subdued.
The mountain lion was a four year old female .The Bobcat kitten was the biggest kitten I have ever seen. He was big as a fully grown house cat but acted just like a kitten. At the end of the shoot, the photographer from Oregon wanted to pet the lion. The owners said OK. Then, I wanted to do the same. So, I got to pet the mountain lion on the head.