When you run for your life, then no obstacle can stop you. Not even a thorny cactus. It proved it a bobcat who was about to became breakfast for a mountain lion.
The wildlife drama happened in the Giant Saguaro Cactus in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. A place known because of its secular plants, with cactuses older than 300 years. Needless to say about their spikes what can grow up to 2 inches. And despite all of these impediments, the bobcat somehow managed to reach the top of a 40 foot plant. Thankfully, the whole scene was captured by the 69 years old photographer, Curt Fonger.
“A friend called me at 7am saying one of his workers had seen a bobcat being chased by a mountain lion. It ran across the road in front of his car and climbed up a large saguaro cactus at the roadside, with the lion hot on its tail.’The lion didn’t pursue the bobcat up the cactus but circled the base,”he said.
“It looked up at the bobcat, growled several times, then turned around and trotted back up from where it had come. The mountain lion probably had cubs, the bobcat had intruded on its territory and she gave chase to warn the bobcat not to come close to her young family. I was astonished that the bobcat was on such a high prickly perch,” the photographer added.
At some point the animal started to enjoy the view. However, according to Curt, he stayed there more than six hours, until he considered it is safe enough to walk on the land again.
“Although it may be common for a bobcat to escape one of it is major predators, it is very uncommon to have witnessed such an event first hand. ‘I personally examined the base of the giant cactus after the bobcat had left…and there were only claw mark,” Curt also said.
“A wildlife drama”