VIDEO: Can a Bobcat Take Down a Deer?

Bobcat vs deer
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You're familiar with the tale of David and Goliath, right?  In which a plucky little guy manages to bring down somebody a lot bigger than him using only his faith and a slingshot? Well, this story's a little that, except that in this version, Goliath is an innocent deer, and David's got some really sharp teeth.  

If you're anything like us, you tend to think of bobcats hunting smaller prey, like rabbits, squirrels, mice, maybe the occasional beaver.  But bobcat, with their razor-sharp teeth and 10-foot long jumps, can disable or kill animals much larger than the bobcat itself.  

Bobcat vs deer
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In the video, filmed in British Columbia near Fort St. John, the deer, which is resting when the video started (perhaps it is already wounded), gets up fast enough to deliver a nasty kick at the bobcat with its back legs.  If the strike made contact with the bobcat, it doesn't show, as it is immediately back on the attack, jumping up and sinking its teeth into the deer's throat and then hanging on until the deer tires.  It's a war of attrition, as the bobcat only has to last long enough for the deer to lose sufficient blood to become woozy. 

The video then has an edit, sparing us the deer's actual demise but fast-forwarding to the bobcat eating the deer.  

It should serve as a reminder to anyone hiking in bobcat country: don't let their size deceive you.  They can be very dangerous, and we're pretty sure you don't want one hanging from your neck like the metaphorical albatross. 

See the whole video below, and remember to say a prayer for that poor little deer - may he go to the great meadow in the sky. 

Source: Youtube

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