This Bobcat Loves Riding Shotgun in The Truck and Listening To Country Music

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Written by Sharon Parry

Updated: October 21, 2023

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When you see a TikTok handle like BobcatKing – you have a pretty good idea about the sort of content you are going to find. But this footage is incredible. It shows a bobcat sitting in the front seat of a truck, leaning up against the driver. The bobcat rubs up against the man and gets a kiss and tickle on the chin in return. It is securely held in position with a harness and actually seems to be enjoying the country music! This shows that some wild animals are able to not only tolerate but seemingly enjoy human company.

However, there is a warning that this would not be safe with all bobcats – and you need to know what you are doing before you interact with any wild animals – both for their safety and yours.

Bobcats in the Wild

Bobcats are majestic and powerful creatures – they can also be ferocious. They can live in many different locations in the US and there are several different types depending on location. It is estimated that their population may reach up to two million in the whole US.

When they are living in the wild, bobcats are nocturnal, and they spend most of the night hunting for prey. They are quite adaptable and are able to live in deserts and swamps but they prefer mountainous regions. They like habitats where they can hide and where there is a lot of prey. Rabbits and squirrels are top of the list!

What Eats Snakes

Most bobcats would prefer to avoid humans if they can

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Bobcats and Humans

Bobcats usually shy away from human contact. They would rather hide from a human than attack you. It is very likely that the bobcat in this video has been reared by humans from a very young age so it is comfortable with human contact. Most bobcats do not feel like this!

If you do come across a bobcat in the wild, the best advice is to keep away from it. Make a lot of noise to try to scare it away. Do not turn your back on it because they can pounce without warning. Also, do not run because this may encourage it to attack and it is very likely to be able to keep up with you! Bobcats have very sharp teeth and claws and if they do decide to attack a human they can cause very serious injuries.

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Dr Sharon Parry is a writer at A-Z animals where her primary focus is on dogs, animal behavior, and research. Sharon holds a PhD from Leeds University, UK which she earned in 1998 and has been working as a science writer for the last 15 years. A resident of Wales, UK, Sharon loves taking care of her spaniel named Dexter and hiking around coastlines and mountains.

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