See a Bobcat Chase a Squirrel so Fast It Falls Out of the Tree

Written by Hannah Crawford
Published: November 24, 2023
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When we think of fast animals, it’s easy for our minds to go to animals such as the lion, wildebeest, or springbok. And, of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the world’s fastest land animal, the cheetah, which can get up to speeds of 70 miles per hour. 

However, perhaps the other animal you’re considering is those scurry little fellows who dart in front of your car across the road while traveling 50 miles per hour. Let’s watch this squirrel flee from this bobcat in a showdown we’ve never seen before in the video below. 

Watch the Incredible Video Below!

Squirrel Desperately Fleeing From Bobcat

The above Instagram reel shares footage of this bobcat chasing a squirrel in the woods. The Rawr Szn Instagram page posted this video just one week ago, and it has already received more than 875,000 views. This channel shares various footage of animals such as cats, birds, dogs, kangaroos, monkeys, black bears, and lions, to list a few. 

The Great Chase

If you don’t look closely, it’s easy to miss what happens at the top of the video. As the video starts, a squirrel is being chased by a bobcat. The squirrel flees from the woods and hurls straight up a tree; only we don’t think he was expecting this bobcat to keep on his tail and climb the tree right behind him. 

He rushes to the top, and the bobcat doesn’t miss a beat and is right behind him. The squirrel leaps off the high branch, and the bobcat launches behind him and tumbles. 

Then, the squirrel scuttles straight back up the same tree. And this is the first moment the bobcat stops and pauses at the bottom. It’s as if he has to rethink being launched off again from the same tree. 

One Instagram follower comically posted, “One thing about squirrels.. they know how to GET UP OUTTA THERE!” And we couldn’t agree with him more!

How Fast Can Squirrels Run?

Squirrel runs, jumps by the fence.

Squirrels can live up to 8 years in the wild.


When we look at other animals, such as the cheetah running 70 miles per hour or the lion running 50 miles per hour, we might think this scurry fellow can also run up to those speeds. However, the squirrel runs up to about 20 miles per hour

This may not seem as impressive when you consider the other animals. However, we can’t compare those speeds. The agility the squirrel has helps them outmaneuver their predators, as we can see in the video posted at the top. 

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Chris Desborough/

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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