This incredible stunt was captured by Curt Fonger, a 69-year-old photographer who had never witnessed anything like it before. He got a call from a bewildered friend who described the encounter and told Fonger to come take a picture.
The bobcat was being chased off by a mountain lion and bolted to the top of this 50-foot Giant Saguaro Cactus in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. The mountain lion didn’t follow the bobcat, but circled the base several times, growling and staring before stalking back in the direction that it had come from. They thought that it may have been a female that was protecting her cubs and not looking for a meal.The bobcat stayed on top of the cactus and only shifted position when Fonger got its attention. He took several impressive shots before leaving, assuming that the bobcat would continue on its way once they stopped disturbing it.
But the bobcat must have been very cautious because it stayed perched on the top of the cactus for another 6 hours.
The giant cactus is very rare and is estimated to be around 300 years old. Only 1 in 1,000 seeds end up germinating, and it takes over 10 years to grow a single inch.
He examined the base of the cactus after the bobcat fled and found no blood or fur – only claw marks. The bobcat may have gotten a few spikes for its efforts, though.
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