Backyard footage from the standoff in Florida shows a bobcat walking up to a baby alligator on someone’s back porch. Probably hoping for an easy lunch, the bobcat quickly realized it was going to get more than it bargained for as the alligator wasn’t about to give up that easy.
The bobcat bats at the alligator, which doesn’t back down as it tries to fight back against its clearly-oversized opponent.
But the size difference is too much, as the bobcat soon realizes it has the advantage and begins knocking the gator around all over the place.
It was lights out for the alligator once the bobcat manages to get it into the grass, although the gator put up a hell of a fight (and showed off some insanely acrobatic moves) trying to fight for its life.
Ultimately though, the bobcat manages to wear the gator out and get it in its mouth, walking away proud of its victory and ready to enjoy some fresh gator – and probably needing to rest up a little bit from that one.
But the best part of the entire video may be the commentary from this Florida bro, who ends up thanking the bobcat for taking care of the gator:
“Thanks, that could have bit my dog.”
Sir, I’d be more worried about that bobcat biting my dog than that baby alligator.
Florida, man. Imagine seeing all this go down in your backyard.
Bobcat Spooked By Its Own Reflection
You can’t make this stuff up.
Nature is wild and these creatures always have to be on guard to make sure they have the best chance for survival. In many cases that means being on the lookout even for their own kind to make sure they have enough resources to get by.
Bobcats are medium-sized cats, with adult males weighing up to 35 pounds. They are typically are somewhere between 2 feet tall and 3 feet long, with a tail that is around 6 inches in length.
Their diet consists of small mammals, such as rabbits, squirrels, and rodents, as well as birds and reptiles. They are also known to prey on larger animals, such as deer, when the opportunity arises and they need food.
Bobcats are skilled hunters, using their sharp senses and powerful legs to stalk and pounce on prey. They are also excellent climbers and will often ambush their prey from trees or other high vantage points. Bobcats are also fierce fighters and will defend themselves and their territory against other animals, including other bobcats.
Adult individuals typically avoid each other, so when two bobcats do cross paths, they may engage in aggressive displays, such as hissing and growling, to establish dominance. In some cases, bobcats may fight each other, this happens if they are competing for resources nearby.
This bobcat was immediately on edge when it spotted another bobcat. It is seen with its back hunched ready for action as it looks directly at itself in a mirror set up in the woods.
The bobcat then approaches in slow, ready to fight this competing bobcat at any moment. As it gets close to the mirror and walks back and forth it realizes something isn’t right.
At least this guy is always ready.
Animals in mirrors always is pretty hilarious.
Bobcat & Rattlesnake Go Head-To-Head On Trail Camera
There’re some things we just wouldn’t be able to witness without a camera stuck on some random tree in the middle of the woods.
This is one of those times.
I mean, how often do a bobcat and a rattlesnake go head-to-head in a big old battle? It can’t be that often…
Honestly, just from the match up, my predication would be in favor of the rattlesnake. Would a bobcat know how to handle one? I wouldn’t think so, but I’m always happy to be proven wrong.
Bobcats do eat snakes, but you know, that whole poisonous venom thing just seems to give edge to the snake. With its quick attack a person would think it would get the bobcat at least once and enough to inflict some serious pain.
Here, a trail camera spots a bobcat wandering through the woods. Just as it gets into a good view it spots something to its left. It goes in for it.
The two animals fight their way back into camera view and you notice a rattlesnake lunging towards the bobcat.
This is where you would think the bobcat would have had it bad. But, I was wrong.
The bobcat calm as day, keeps batting the snakes head down with its paw as the snake attacks.
Finally, after some good back and forth the snake makes a mistake and lets the bobcat sink its claws in the top of its head enough to pull it closer. As it does that, the cat latches onto the backside of the snakes head so it can’t attack anymore.
The bobcat holds on and bites down as the fight ends. It’s got the grip of death on the snake now and it’s all over.
The bobcat then rolls around just like its any other cat in the world and proudly walks off with its kill. It then lays in sand happy as can be.
Monster Alligator Cannibalizes Smaller Gator
Gator on gator crime.
Apparently this video was filmed near the start of alligator mating season, which may help to explain the violence between the two reptilian creatures.
It seems as though the larger gator wanted to establish some territorial dominance for any other challengers that might be in the area.
AnimalQuestions.org states that the average male alligator can cover some pretty expansive ground:
“A male alligator of 9 feet can own a territory of about 2 square miles and could also have about 10-15 females in his territory, along with their children.
A male alligator of 12-14 feet could have up to 3 square miles and have even more females within his territory.”
That is both a lot of territory and a lot of partners. Seems like there would be enough alligators to go around, but apparently not in the animal kingdom.
The video begins with the smaller alligator laying belly-up on the bank, with the massive alligator slowly emerging from the water.
It appears that the smaller alligator had already been injured prior to the video being recorded, so it didn’t stand a chance against the advancing gator.
The larger alligator climbs up to the laying gator’s head and chomps down with incredible force. Some small movements come from the smaller’s alligator afterwards, but its clear the monster gator has full control.
Just for safekeeping, the larger alligator pulls its prey into the water and pulls out the death roll move on it. The clip that the bystander captures might be the best “death roll” footage I’ve ever seen.
The caption on the post from Nature Is Metal went into more detail about the interaction between the two alligators:
“In the competition for mates, the aggressor will have one less challenger. Who knows, there might even be girls watching him take this poor guy apart.
Displays of strength and dominance are also a large part of the mating song and dance, and can only help this guy pass on his genes…
Sometimes they attack smaller alligators out of nowhere, just because. Since this clip started well after the initial contact, all I can really do is guess.”
Its pretty intimidating to see the sheer power that these prehistoric creatures can possess.
Plus, try to name another animal that has a “signature move” like the alligator does.
The death roll has to be the best “finisher” on the entire planet, and not only is it effective, it sends a message to all of the other predators around the gator’s territory. This alligator is without a doubt the alpha-male of the area.
But I will say…seems like the monster gator could pick on someone his own size.