Bobcat camps out on top of giant saguaro cactus

Credit: Renee Bayer

A bobcat found an unusual place to hide in the Arizona desert this week.

It climbed to the top of a giant saguaro cactus in the Gold Canyon area outside of Phoenix. Renee Bayer was passing by and was able to send a few pictures to the local news.

The local CBS affiliate reports that the bobcat stayed on top of the cactus for several hours but eventually found its way back down. The photos surprised even the local news anchors, “That’s pretty incredible to see. That’s something we don’t see here every day in Arizona,” said meteorologist April Warnecke.

A quick search on Google shows that bobcats have managed to scale Saguaro cacti in the past.  Back in 2011, a photographer captured some pics of a bobcat that clawed its way up the 40-foot plant while running from a mountain lion. The local news covered that event as well.

Where do bobcats live?

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Bobcats can be found around most of the United States and are about twice as large as a domestic cat. Bobcats are most active around dusk and dawn and typically eat rabbits, and rodents.

What’s a Saguaro Cactus?

The saguaro cactus will only grow in the Sonoran desert, which runs through southern Arizona, California and reaches into northwest Mexico.

The saguaro is the most massive cactus in the United States, and will typically reach heights of 40 feet tall. The tallest saguaro cactus ever measured towered over 78 feet into the air.

The mystical cacti are synonymous with the American West, and many of them live well over 100 years.

In early October NPS rangers were searching for the person that vandalized a saguaro in Saguaro National Park.

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