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Woman Comes Home And Finds Stranger Getting Cozy On Her Couch

She couldn't believe who it was 😮

Last Sunday night, Oregon resident Lauren Taylor entered her living room — and was met with quite the unusual surprise.

A pair of yellow-brown eyes were staring up at her from behind the couch.  

It was a mountain lion.

Apparently, someone had left the back door open, and the curious cat had wandered right in after drinking from a fountain in the yard. Taylor’s housemate noticed the animal first and shrieked, causing the lion to retreat behind the couch.

Taylor, who has previously worked in wildlife rescue and also practices energy healing, knew they’d have to give the cat a lot of space and remain calm to encourage her to leave safely. Taylor saw the lion lie down, so she quietly went outside to keep watch through the window.

To her surprise, the lion was fast asleep.

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The mountain lion sleeping | Facebook/Lauren Taylor

“[Originally] the lion was frightened, agitated and determined to exit through a closed window,” Taylor wrote on Facebook. “Once the energy shifted, she calmed down.”

As the minutes passed on, and Taylor remained outside, the lion continued to sleep. Eventually she woke up and noticed the human staring in at her. Taylor began blinking slowly at her — which in feline body language signifies that you pose no threat.

“I gazed lovingly, then blinked hard and then she did it back,” Taylor said. “Then, she went back to sleep.”

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The mountain lion looking at Taylor through the window | Facebook/Lauren Taylor

Taylor remained outside for nearly six more hours as the lion continued napping behind the couch.

“It was just a couple hours to dawn and we needed to prompt her to leave without alarming her so much that she panicked,” Taylor said. She and her housemates slowly opened a few more doors and started lightly tapping a drum from a safe vantage point at the top of the stairs.

As quick as the lion came, she left.

“She roused and knew just what to do,” Taylor said. “[She walked] through the open doors, through the yard, across the creek and through the empty field behind us, exactly as we had shown her.”

Despite the lion’s clear signs of being comfortable in Taylor’s home, she’s certain that the animal was just passing through. There have been wildfires in the area recently, and it’s likely that’s what pushed her to wander into the neighborhood.

The mountain lion sleeping on the other side of the window | Facebook/Lauren Taylor

The humbling experience, though, is one that Taylor won’t soon forget.

“I am hopeful and confident this cougar will not be back,” Taylor said. “It was a perfect ending to a blessed encounter that could have been dangerous if approached from a lower frequency [of energy]. May she stay safely in the hills to enjoy a long life as a wild and healthy lion.”