On one such occasion, Newton went to investigate a noise from outside only to then find himself looking straight at a black bear. So when sounds woke him in September 2017, the photographer had no idea what to expect. Whatever it was, though, it was certainly noisy.
“It was right near dawn,” he subsequently told The Dodo. “I heard some noises. It was like something scrambling on the deck. Coming out of my slumber, I thought, ‘What the heck is that?’ So I… slowly eased back the curtain.”
To his surprise, Newton saw the unexpected guest: a cat was using his front porch as a playground. And while at first he nearly dismissed the sight and went back to bed, something about the cat made him look again. Moreover, that was when he noticed that it was no ordinary animal.