Curt Fonger has been photographing Arizona wildlife for 40 years and he’s never seen anything quite like this: a bobcat perched on top of a massive suguaro cactus. In early April Fonger and his wife got a call from a friend who saw the bobcat, chased by a mountain lion, claw her way up a 45-foot prickly cactus.
“Bobcats aren’t rare out here,” Curt says. “But seeing one atop a ‘prickly perch,’ such as this Saguaro, is.”
The mountain lion left fairly quickly, but just to be sure, the bobcat stayed perched way up on the cactus for about six hours, Curt says.
The cat finally crawled “down from the top about 5 feet or so–then the cat launched itself out into space ( about 3.5 stories up), came down on all fours, and vanished back into the wash, going back up into the Superstition Mountains,” he says. “It wasn’t hurt in any way.”
His wife Marta Saint-James says the chance encounter was “a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
“Mountain lions can–no doubt–climb saguaros themselves,” he says. “However, it seems that this time she was satisfied with showing ‘Gold Canyon Bob’–our now famous Bobcat–who was in charge.”
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