While busy keeping tabs on a Gopher Tortoise, the Archbold Biological Station in Venus, Florida spotted another critter doing something pretty outstanding.
The non-profit research facility posted a 30-second video to its Facebook page of a bobcat hanging out by the female tortoise’s burrow and seemingly on the hunt.
A motion sensor research camera monitoring female Gopher Tortoise #256 captures a Bobcat hunting near the burrow entrance at Archbold. The Bobcat seems very interested in something but who knows what that might be. Bobcats have been reportedly visiting quite a few burrows lately. Watch the entire clip for an impressive demonstration of Bobcat hunting prowess!Excerpt from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: 'An efficient hunter, the bobcat, like most felines, hunts by sight and usually at night, but seeing a bobcat out during the day is not uncommon because they sleep for only 2 to 3 hours at a time. Small mammals are by far the most important group of prey animals. In Florida, squirrels, rabbits, rats, opossums, and small raccoons are the primary prey species.'http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/mammals/land/bobcat/
Posted by Archbold Biological Station on Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Photo Archbold Biological Station