Incredible Encounter

We had an interesting encounter with one of the bobcats a few days ago.  I spotted the young female walking through some brush, so we circled around and waited for her to appear on the opposite side.

We made it over just in time for her to appear moments later.  She took a casual look at us and proceeded to walk away before dashing into the brush after something.  We didn’t want to get any closer since she was obviously hunting, and I decided to shoot some video with my DSLR in case she came out with a rabbit or gopher.  Well she did come back out but we couldn’t tell what the heck she had caught.  She was very energetically batting it around and it appeared to keep changing shapes.  It wasn’t until we got home that we discovered that she had “caught” a snake!

I say “caught”, because after batting it around a bit she all of a sudden started trotting our way very quickly.  The snake was a Kingsnake, which is not venomous but it will mimic the rattle of a rattlesnake by vibrating its tail against dry brush.  It’s possible that the snake did this and successfully scared her away.  In any case, whatever happened was far more frightening than heading towards two people.  She actually got within a few feet of us before walking down another trail where she proceeded to stalk a rabbit.  In the photo below, you can see that she is still listening for the snake as she heads our way.

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3 Responses to Incredible Encounter

  1. Excellent. Beautifully done and more to the point – WILD

  2. Vinay says:

    I quite like the second photograph, though she looks quite thin doesn’t she?

    I can spend hours watching cats.

  3. Mimi says:

    Your film was so great to watch. She is so agile!

    I love how she looks with her summer coat. So pretty!

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