Viral video: Mountain lions swim in California lake

The giant cats were spotted at Shasta Lake just north of Redding

A father and his son witnessed mountain lions swimming across Shasta Lake. (KRON)
A father and his son witnessed mountain lions swimming across Shasta Lake. (KRON)

SHASTA LAKE (KRON) — It is a rare sight in Northern California, but 2 mountain lions were caught on camera going for a swim.

The giant cats were spotted at Shasta Lake just north of Redding.

A father and his son witnessed the mountain lions as they swam across the lake. The pair posted videos they took on Facebook, which instantly went viral.

“We see 2 things in the water that we had never seen before, so we stopped, turned around for a quick second, and next thing you know we see 2 large mountain lions swimming across the lake,” father Kevin Alexander said.

Both the father and his son agree it was an experience they will never forget.

“I was excited. I really wasn’t scared because mountain lions really can’t get out of the water when they’re swimming in the middle of the lake,” son Blake Alexander said.