Bobcat Climbs 40-Ft Tall Cactus to Evade Mountain Lion

Image: Curt Fonger and Marta Saint-James

We’ve all heard of a cat stuck in a tree … but how about a bobcat on top of a cactus?

Nature photographer Curt Fonger captured the above photo of one of North America’s most elusive predators in an unusually precarious position, perched atop a saguaro cactus. The image, taken in Gold Canyon, Arizona, show the wild cat peering down at its unexpected visitors — and seeming quite comfortable in its prickly hiding spot.

The bobcat had apparently scurried up the cactus in an attempt to escape a nearby mountain lion, and after a few hours, it came down unharmed.

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Image: Curt Fonger and Marta Saint-James

The top of a 40-foot high, ramrod-straight cactus may seem like an improbable hiding place, but bobcats are excellent climbers that naturally seek out the high ground to evade predators — proving that cats will always be cats.

The rare sighting was also captured on video by Cindy Wendler, who posted this clip to YouTube. Watch below:

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a cat on top of a cactus, though.

Photographer Renee Lynn Bayer wrote on Facebook about the following image: “So, this happened this morning just down the road from our house… one in a Palo Verde tree, one on top of an old saguaro. Pretty cool!!”

Image: Renee Lynn Bayer

And here, a domestic cat was recorded sitting on top of a cactus for 3 days! Watch the raw footage below…

Despite being the most abundant wild cat in the United States, bobcats are rarely spotted by humans. They are territorial and solitary creatures that hunt mostly at dawn and dusk, moving up to 7 miles along their habitual routes each night in search of small prey.

Fonger, who captured the photos featured at the top of this article, told Roaring Earth that he and his wife, Marta, who recently passed away, were avid nature lovers who spent decades tent camping and backpacking throughout the United States, Alberta and British Columbia, as well as Patagonia.

“We always felt that if more people dared step out into “Nature’s Cathedral”, there would be less ugliness and division amongst the human race as the became engulfed in the true pleasures of life,” said Fonger.

We couldn’t agree more!

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