Rattlesnake, bobcat square off in heated desert battle caught on camera

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A bobcat prowling for a snack in the Arizona desert earlier this week got a little more than it expected when it went after a rattler warming its body in the morning sun, video shows.  

Officials at Saguaro National Park posted footage of the fight to social media on Monday, calling the brave little bobcat a “true Tucson wildcat” for going after one of the desert’s most feared reptiles.  

In the video, the bobcat is seen repeatedly swatting at the venomous snake before leaping and twisting in midair as the snake strikes in an attempt to defend itself. 

Bobcat and rattlesnake fight in an Arizona desert on June 3, 2024. (Saguaro National Park)Bobcat and rattlesnake fight in an Arizona desert on June 3, 2024. (Saguaro National Park)Bobcat and rattlesnake fight in an Arizona desert on June 3, 2024. (Saguaro National Park)Bobcat and rattlesnake fight in an Arizona desert on June 3, 2024. (Saguaro National Park)

Bobcats, which can weigh between 12 and 25 pounds, are mostly carnivorous, feeding on rabbits, rodents, birds, porcupines, raccoons, deer fawns, insects and, yes, reptiles, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.  

The wild cats are also known to prey on domesticated pets and small livestock.  

It’s unclear if this bobcat got what it wanted, but when the rattlesnake retreated into the brush, the cat did not appear ready to give up on the potentially deadly breakfast option.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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