TUCSON, Ariz. — How close is too close to a rattlesnake? A bobcat in Oro Valley didn't seem to know.
Video released by the Arizona Game and Fish Deparment Wednesday afternoon shows a bobcat toying with a rattlesnake near Oro Valley.
In the video, which AZGFD says was shot by Rolf Averill, the bobcat wanders close to the reptile before the snake's rattle sounds. The bobcat then takes a few swipes at the snake before scurrying off, apparently free of any bite.
Nine Lives: Video taken yesterday of a bobcat thinking twice about attacking a western diamondback rattlesnake in Oro Valley. The rattlesnake drew the attention of the curious bobcat because of its movement and sound. Bobcats have no immunity to snake venom. Vid by Rolf Averill. pic.twitter.com/zz3o97naAm— AZ Game & Fish Dept (@azgfdTucson) July 24, 2019
AZGFD says bobcats aren't immune to rattlesnake venom, so this encounter could've easily turned serious for the predator.
You can find tips on dealing with both rattlesnakes and bobcats on AZGFD's website.