When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson

10 June 2006

Our Chows can relate

Watching Mister Gato operate, I have often thought that your basic garden-variety housecat wouldn't have to be all that much bigger to be a truly frightening animal.

The bobcats (Lynx rufus) that live in the North Carolina mountains only weigh in at around 30 pounds, but you *definitely* don't want to tangle with one if you can avoid it. Although they mostly hunt rabbits and smaller varmints, they're quite capable of taking down a full-sized deer without too much trouble.

But sometimes a plain old housecat can be pretty damned intimidating.

Just ask the black bear who wandered into the wrong back yard in New Jersey:
A black bear picked the wrong yard for a jaunt, running into a territorial tabby who ran the furry beast up a tree — twice.


Neighbor Suzanne Giovanetti first spotted Jack's accomplishment after her husband saw a bear climb a tree on the edge of their northern New Jersey property on Sunday. Giovanetti thought Jack was simply looking up at the bear, but soon realized the much larger animal was afraid of the hissing cat.

After about 15 minutes, the bear descended and tried to run away, but Jack chased it up another tree.

Dickey, who feared for her cat, then called Jack home and the bear scurried back to the woods.

"He doesn't want anybody in his yard," Dickey said.
I guess not!

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