Nature shows are prime content and I won’t allow anything else.
programs like planet Earth and Our planet exploded when it was released and became so popular that we even got what we never knew we needed, a planet Earth narrated by Snoop Dogg. I mean come on, if that doesn’t prove how widespread they were, I don’t know what does.
Well, it seems there’s one more of those shows that I’ve kind of missed over the years, and if the rest is anything like that clip, boy do I have some catching up to do.
The Smithsonian Channel has a lot of engaging content on both its TV channel and YouTube page, from aviation to ancient Egypt to contemporary nature.
One of their shows focuses on Yellowstone, the legendary 1,200-square-mile world’s first national park, founded in 1872 by the great Teddy Roosevelt.
Titled epic Yellowstone, The show delves deep into diverse creatures from across the vast landscape, capturing absolutely stunning images and videos that really show off the immense beauty in both large-scale landscapes and tiny, magnified details.
The video that brought me to this world for the first time is titled “A Bobcat Uses a Different Hunting Strategy to Catch a Duck” and it immediately piqued my interest.
It depicts a very unique bobcat venturing out of its comfort zone, into the extreme northern regions of the park, which are covered by a foot of snow.
The narrator says that bobcats rarely do this, but it seems that this guy got pretty hungry and started taking some risks in search of a meal.
The bobcat is drawn to the only unfrozen part of the country, a flowing river, in hopes that it can catch some of the birds and animals that will no doubt flock there.
When he arrives, he is delighted to see a raft of ducks floating calmly in the water. He doesn’t waste time approaching him, maybe even brazenly, which may have played into the outcome. The ducks just stepped a bit further into the water and out of reach of the predator.
The bobcat seems to learn from his mistake and decides to take a different approach and hide under a tree root in a hollowed-out area of the riverbed and wait for an unsuspecting creature to swim past and into his reach.
Almost directly in line, a muskrat swims towards him, unaware of the danger lurking nearby.
The bobcat adjusts its position for the perfect sneak attack, then sits and waits until just the right moment…
He leaps from his hiding place as the muskrat swims by, exploding the calm water in a frenzy of splashing, biting, and shaking.
When it slows down and the bobcat lifts its head out of the water, there is no muskrat to be seen.
The mighty bobcat came back empty again, left to try another method of getting a meal for the day, but now covered in ice cold water as he trudged through the snow.
Brutal, absolutely brutal.
Life in the wild is never easy, but it seems to be even harder for this poor bobcat.
Better luck next time.
If you need me I’ll be binge watching Epic Yellowstone…
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/11/22/bobcat-hunts-mallards-and-muskrat-in-yellowstone-national-park/ Bobcat Hunts Mallards And Muskrat In Yellowstone National Park