Watch A Fox U-Turn Real Fast After Seeing A Lynx Up Close

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: October 21, 2023
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Key Points

  • Although the video ended before any kind of interaction could occur, violent encounters between foxes and lynxes have been known to occur.
  • Lynxes and foxes are both very intelligent and stealthy hunters.
  • Lynxes prey on a variety of animals; at times, juvenile or small foxes may be hunted by a lynx.

Foxes are not dangerous to people and can be nice. However, because they are wild creatures, foxes are unpredictable and always return to being wild when they perceive a threat. Even though a fox seems nice, you shouldn’t get too close to it.

A Tik Tok user spots a fox near their yard and mistakes it for a coyote. If you’ve ever caught a fleeting glance of a wild canine ambling through your town, it was probably a fox or, dependent on where you live, it could also be a coyote. Within the genus Canis, the coyote is a particular kind of wild dog that is connected to wolves, dogs, and jackals. 

On the contrary hand, any species belonging to the genera Vulpes, Lycalopex, and Urocyon are considered to be foxes. This all being said – it’s not uncommon for people to mistake the two creatures.

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The Tik Tok user is filming the fox and is curious as to what the animal is doing. Their tail is up, and they appear like they’re looking at something that has caught their attention. We soon see a lynx appear! 

Lynx and the closely related bobcats are extremely prevalent in the United States. But across their habitat, lynx are stealthy and hardly spotted. This is because, wherever they inhabit, whether it be in scrubland, woodlands, swamps, or even suburban areas, they tend to seek cover.

Eurasian lynx sitting in woods

The Eurasian lynx has some of the longest lifespans on lynx species.

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Natural Instincts

The video ends before we can see any interaction between the two animals. If their natural instincts kicked in, there could’ve been a brawl between the fox and lynx. Lynx are predators that consume a variety of small animals, including foxes, raccoons, raptors, and owls. 

An adult fox or a juvenile fox may be the ideal size for a lynx, which consumes roughly three pounds of flesh each day. They are timid creatures who, for the most part, avoid human contact. 

Cute Red Fox

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, Vulpes vulpes, at the forest on a mossy stone.

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They are pushed beyond their familiar surroundings by human construction and advancements, just like the majority of animal species. Although it may be uncommon for lynx and foxes to cross paths, lynx do hunt after night, bringing them somewhat closer to the fox’s hunting and social behaviors.

The fact is that both creatures are extremely smart and each has a special set of abilities. 

These cats have a reputation for being skilled hunters. They can follow their target up until the point at which they can attack. 

Additionally, lynx have razor-sharp claws and teeth that aid in swiftly dispatching their prey. Foxes, on the contrary, are reputed to be extremely intelligent animals. 

When food is scarce, they may outwit their adversaries and discover creative ways to obtain it.

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Bobcats are relatives of lynx and may be small among wildcats, but their hunting skills are the same as any tiger or other solitary big cat. The fox in the video above ran for its life – with good reason! A bobcat can take down a fox and is known to prey on little canines. The video below is fascinating to watch because it allows the viewer a snapshot of the life of a bobcat – from its natural abilities as a fierce predator to the traits it shares with the common housecat. The bobcat in the video strikes the snake with lightening fast paws and its sharp claws – somehow avoiding a fatal bite. Like any other wild cat – it bites its prey in the neck under its head and holds on until it is dead. Then, like any pet kitty – it rolls around, stretches, and plays with the dead snake. See for yourself!

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Lazurite / CC BY-ND 2.0, Flickr – License / Original


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Kirstin is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering animals, news topics, fun places, and helpful tips. Kirstin has been writing on a variety of topics for over five years. She has her real estate license, along with an associates degree in another field. A resident of Minnesota, Kirstin treats her two cats (Spook and Finlay) like the children they are. She never misses an opportunity to explore a thrift store with a coffee in hand, especially if it’s a cold autumn day!

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