Ever wondered how similar wild cats are to house cats? A trail camera in Colorado provides some insight.
A wildlife photographer captured a video of a bobcat as it stopped for a morning snooze inside a narrow alleyway between two fences — right in front of a camera the photographer set up on the fence.
The Feb. 21 video shows the cat walk along a ledge between the fences and step down onto the ground, where it gets comfortable and shuts its eyes for a quick catnap directly facing the camera.
It’s clear the cat is still quite alert as it rests with its head up and fur-tipped ears and tail twitching. After a few minutes, the cat gets up and walks past the camera, turns around and scurries back the way it came.
“Look what just happened on the fence cam,” the photographer wrote on Twitter, where she shared the video. “Mr/s Bobcat, having a rest and enjoying laying in the morning sun before heading off to parts unknown. This camera is giving me so much information about our local wildlife and how they use this area.”
The photographer, whose bio says she’s from Hartsel, Colorado, shared in the comments that she’s seen the bobcat in person and knows the cat has used the path before. Capturing it on the trail camera made her day, she said.
The video grabbed the attention of cat lovers on Twitter, garnering more than 2,000 likes and more than 200 retweets. Commenters pointed out how fascinating it was to observe a wild cat going about its day in its natural habitat.
“A perfectly quiet spot for a cat nap!” someone wrote.
“Pretty kitty probably feels safe from predators there!” someone else chimed in.
The day before and overnight, the same camera captured a squirrel, raccoon, skunk, and a black cat scurrying through the same alleyway.