A bobcat is curious about a
|One day, I was watching some rough-skinned newts
in the pond. It was spring and newt mating season. I was attempting
to photograph the newts when I heard a coughing sound in the brush
across the pond from me. I know birds don't cough, so it had to be a
mammal. But what kind of mammal? Knowing that predators will
sometimes respond to a call that sounds like a squeak, I made that
sound. I didn't know what sort of wildlife to expect to come out of
the brush at all. I waited and was rewarded when a bobcat sauntered
out of the bushes and sat down to look at me. The bobcat stayed
around for a few minutes, just curious about me and what a human was
doing in its territory, I guess. I snapped a few still photos of it
and got this video clip as well. Bobcats are normally shy around
humans, but this one seemed comfortable. Perhaps because there was a
body of water between us and it knew there was no way for me to get
across there. It's unusual to get to see a wild bobcat so close, so
I treasure the experience.
I have heard reports that mountain lions will make a sort of coughing sound as well. Perhaps this is a way for a wild cat to express its displeasure with human intruders.
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NDN Pride shop - For Indian Pride items for all tribes. Custom items available on request.
ASL Signs of Love - For anyone who uses or is learning ASL, American Sign Language. Custom name items and more are available here.
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