“Good morning!” A man in shorts and a fleece jacket with something that looked like a tray of baked goods were called by someone jogging outside a suburban home.
Ten seconds later, when Bobcat attacked his wife in North Carolina, a seemingly benign man turned into a man called a Hulk-like hero.
Home security cameras captured a strange moment when an unidentified man threw a bobcat across a North Carolina yard and threatened to shoot it. The 46-second clip was first posted on TikTok and then widely shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.
A woman’s tweet in the video Viewed nearly 10 million times As of friday afternoon..
WARNING: This video contains material that may be difficult for some people to see and contains explicit language.
Captain James Lowell of the Pender County Sheriff’s Office in eastern North Carolina confirmed on Friday that the video was relevant. Incident that occurred on April 9 It involved a ferocious bobcat near Berger’s Creekside subdivision, about 45 minutes north of Wilmington near the coast.
Rowell told McClatchy News that Bobcat had attacked another person before arriving at the house where the security footage was filmed.
“It’s not uncommon to see bobcats,” Lowell said. “They usually don’t cause problems — they move away from people.”
According to the sheriff’s office, the animal was taken to the North Carolina State Public Health Institute in Raleigh and officials determined it was positive for rabies.
In the video, you can hear a man greeting a jogging person as he puts down a takeaway cup and comments on the need to wash the car.
Then the screaming began.
The man’s wife ran between the two cars on the driveway, and the brawl continued before he appeared with Bobcat over his head. When the man fired it across the front yard and shouted, “Get out, get out, get out!”, The animal appeared to growl and swoosh.
The video shows a bobcat dash under the car as a man chases the car and his wife shouts to be careful.
“I’m going to shoot it [expletive]!! He shouted. “Take out!”
In the last few seconds of the video, the man appeared to warn someone off the screen that Bobcat had attacked his wife.
Some people were confused by the video, but most seemed to be impressed.
Some expressed concern to Bobcats and questioned whether they had witnessed animal cruelty.
In a long Twitter thread, wildlife biologist Imogene Cancellare states that bobcats “usually don’t seek out humans.”She said Creatures are defensive — Not aggressive — and typical human interactions include bobcats that have been cornered in buildings or attacked pets.
“Bobcats are opportunistic hunters who kill small pets, but I don’t know how common it is to actually eat and kill pet dogs and cats to eliminate the threat,” said Canceller. Told. “Carnivores sometimes do that, I’m sorry.”