Nature is quite amazing at times! No matter how advanced we are in technology or other aspects in human society, we will never beat the wonders our Mother Nature is hiding.
Recently, the internet was amazed by seeing a video of a bobcat leaping over a river and there is no doubt that even our best athletes would have no chance with this little creature. Bobcats are hard to be seen as they live in the wild and rarely appear around human habitations. They are also nocturnal and therefore, that makes it further difficult to spot them.
However, for all those feline lovers out there, we found this amazing video of a bobcat jumping continuously over some polls over a river and this might be the best thing that you have seen today! We also took the time to speak to Laurel Series, a wildlife biologist at the University of Cape Town and project coordinator at Urban Caracal Project to find out more about the long-distance jumpers. He said, “bobcats can easily jump several meters” and many smaller cats about their size can do it too.
In this particular case, “the bobcat is trying to avoid getting wet, and given what agile athletic animals they are, jumping across the bridge is not too difficult,” commented Laurel. The cat may have been looking for some prey. “We’ve seen bobcats hunting near water for waterfowl, so perhaps it was hunting nearby, trying to get from one side of the water to the other.”
Meanwhile, larger cats can jump much further than this without too much effort. Laurel said that “if they are jumping across something, their leap can reach 6 meters.”
So, check on the video below and you would surely be surprised by the athletic skills of this bobcat. However, we highly recommend you not to try this trick at home since bobcats are naturally born into this kind of talent. These abilities come from their genes and if you also need to try something like this out, make sure you follow all the safety precautions!