Squirrel Tries to Evade Bobcat’s Attack

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: February 27, 2024

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A bobcat hunts a squirrel in an urban neighborhood just before a cold snap.
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One of the best-loved television memories from the 80s and 90s is the cartoon “Tom and Jerry.” This family-friendly series was about a cat named Tom who would chase a mouse named Jerry. The chase never ended, and the two shared an unbreakable bond. In the video posted above, a bobcat is chasing a squirrel, and one of the YouTube followers commented that this was like a real-life version of Tom and Jerry. Only this outcome was gravely different. No pun intended. 

Squirrel Chase 

The short YouTube video clip shown above takes us to a crazy squirrel chase happening right outside these neighborhood homes in Canada. The CMCalgary YouTube channel shared this video, which has received over 130,000 likes. They post some videos of animals such as polar bears, snakes, fish, and birds. 

Bobcat Looking for Easy Catch

At the start of the video, we see a bobcat perched on a fence right outside of this home. He is zeroed in on something right in front of him. According to the Smithsonian Institution, “They stalk their prey with unparalleled patience and often travel 2 to 7 miles (3 to 11 kilometers) in an evening while hunting and patrolling their territory.” 

This bobcat is waiting for the perfect opportunity to pounce on its prey. Shortly, a squirrel comes barreling down the fence line. Undoubtedly unaware of what waits for him at the other end. Once he sees the danger, there is a pause. One is where the bobcat waits to see what the squirrel will do, and the squirrel awaits to see if this predator will attack. 

The bobcat strikes, and the squirrel takes off at up to 20 miles per hour. Despite the impressiveness of this speed, that does not compare to the Bobcat of being able to run up to 30 miles per hour. And with that speed, it was only a matter of time before this modern-day “Tom” captured his “Jerry.” And unfortunately, this bobcat has no intention of letting this catch go. 

What Do Bobcats Eat?

bobcat with a rat

Bobcats can weigh up to 35 pounds.


Bobcats (​​Lynx rufus) can be found living in Central America and North America. As we can see from the above video, bobcats are extremely patient and well-trained hunters. They don’t tip their hand before they follow through. 

Bobcats are carnivorous eaters that prey on animals such as mice, rats, chickens, small fawns, wild birds, rabbits, and even other species of cats. It is even possible for bobcats to prey on small pets such as dogs and cats. Never take the chance to leave your small pets outside if you know that bobcats live in the area that you do. 

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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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