He is CRAZY
May 23, 2019 12:59 PM   Subscribe

 
❤ Yes. Good kitty. ❤
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 1:05 PM on May 23 [28 favorites]




omfg the pictures of a bobcat just fucking up that person's house
posted by schadenfrau at 1:07 PM on May 23 [71 favorites]




When the bobcat is standing by the sink with the water bottle

Also its crazy eyes in the first pic
posted by witchen at 1:12 PM on May 23 [10 favorites]


Babou!
posted by whuppy at 1:14 PM on May 23 [32 favorites]


Listen, I really want to believe this, but...

ok, y'know what, fuck it. I'm believing this and you can't stop me.
posted by Horkus at 1:16 PM on May 23 [46 favorites]


This is so wonderful.
posted by jamjam at 1:21 PM on May 23 [2 favorites]


We have two naughty cats and I will have to be careful not to let them see these pictures or else they will be tearing apart our closets.
posted by soelo at 1:28 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


This is a very good person. They are under some kind of special protection too. There is no other possible way they didn't get clawed or bit.
posted by ckridge at 1:28 PM on May 23 [47 favorites]


I am delighted.
posted by showbiz_liz at 1:31 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


Should really not have posted their phone number to Craigslist tho.
posted by Going To Maine at 1:32 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


Also, there is a cat tree in the last pic. Is there another cat?
posted by Going To Maine at 1:33 PM on May 23 [2 favorites]


Why does my cat look like a bobcat and is that why she doesn’t like face cuddles
posted by snuffleupagus at 1:36 PM on May 23 [2 favorites]


awwww. I'm pretty sure that kitty was not yet full grown, with still having some spots. so this guy (if this is real, and I want it to be real) is lucky he isn't as wrecked as his house. cute kitty! I'd prob try to pet it too.
posted by supermedusa at 1:38 PM on May 23 [13 favorites]


Oh this brings me so much joy. Poor person. Cute bobcat would adopt. (no wouldn't adopt but THOSE EARS!)
posted by urbanlenny at 1:39 PM on May 23 [5 favorites]


fuck this water bottle in particular
posted by salt grass at 1:43 PM on May 23 [92 favorites]


I totally believe this is real. I am not a big cat person, and this animal just looks like a cat to me. I would not have guessed this animal is a bobcat -- the bobcats I've seen in zoos have looked bigger to me.
posted by crazy with stars at 1:48 PM on May 23 [17 favorites]


Thicc tabby doing pullups on the dresser yes.
posted by greermahoney at 1:51 PM on May 23 [35 favorites]


I love animal anarchy that is directly caused by humans SO MUCH.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 1:51 PM on May 23 [9 favorites]


I have let him go already back near the trees where he came from, and he was not hurt or injured at all so do not worry!! I am also okay, no bites or scratches!!

Inadvertently bringing a bobcat into your home and walking away with your whole face can be considered a win.

I enjoy Big Cat Rescue's youtube channel, so I'm just gonna leave these here:

BOBCAT KITTENS adopted by house cat!

Even more bobcat. So much bobcat
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:04 PM on May 23 [32 favorites]


"We had a lot of trouble finding an airline that would transport Max the bobcat in the cabin section! But then we called Southwest."

actual quote

"Then security wanted to take Max out of his carrier."

also an actual quote

I'm fairly sure a 40lb adult bobcat could kill an adult human, btw
posted by schadenfrau at 2:13 PM on May 23 [16 favorites]


CAT FOUND!!!
NO COLLAR
NOT VERY FRIENDLY


This was where my mind went immediately as well.
posted by briank at 2:14 PM on May 23 [4 favorites]


Because dogs eating cats is a thing? It's not right? I mean, maybe Richmond, VA lies within a Tom and Jerry cartoon, but most of the rest of the world doesn't. Right?
posted by humboldt32 at 2:24 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


"Then security wanted to take Max out of his carrier."

"Oh, by all means feel free to give him the 'enhanced patdown.'"
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 2:26 PM on May 23 [24 favorites]


Obviously a gag. There's a lot of cat gear in those photos.
posted by Wetterschneider at 2:27 PM on May 23


"We had a lot of trouble finding an airline that would transport Max the bobcat"

The big cat rescue spokesperson in that video is so chill, I was really hoping it was going to get to the point during the story where she very calmly explains that Max's door opened mid-flight and he ran around the cabin mauling the flight attendant before going toilet on the food trolley.

Totally Tiger who came in for a Pint style.
posted by inflatablekiwi at 2:28 PM on May 23 [5 favorites]


Because dogs eating cats is a thing? It's not right?

No. Honestly, that's the most unbelievable part of the entire thing, imo.
posted by asnider at 2:31 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


Also, there is a cat tree in the last pic. Is there another cat?

Not anymore! :D
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 2:34 PM on May 23 [17 favorites]


Oh, this person. So kind... so well-meaning... so patient... so clueless.
posted by orange swan at 2:35 PM on May 23 [5 favorites]


Always be careful when reporting broken lynx.
posted by zaixfeep at 2:35 PM on May 23 [60 favorites]


Apropos of nothing, the ostensibly domestic cats by the Richmond Costco look as big as Maine Coons. I would put even odds on them in a fight with a Bobcat.
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:46 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


Lynx going to break you
posted by Going To Maine at 2:47 PM on May 23 [11 favorites]




Actually yes some dogs will kill and eat cats. The dog my family had before I was born apparently did so to a neighbor cat.

Also bobcats scream hella loud, I feel like that might clue you in this is Not A Cat?
posted by emjaybee at 2:56 PM on May 23 [5 favorites]




Because dogs eating cats is a thing? It's not right?

I can't tell if you're joking or not, but yes, dogs often kill stray cats. Coyotes kill them too.
posted by dobbs at 2:58 PM on May 23 [11 favorites]


Because dogs eating cats is a thing?

I hope this person doesn't try to rescue one of those beautiful dogs with giant ears. I heard those are pretty aggressive too.
posted by bread-eater at 2:59 PM on May 23 [2 favorites]


OH SHIT. NOW I WANT A RESCUE BOBCAT.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 3:03 PM on May 23 [10 favorites]


The person did not mention whether the cat stuff in the background of the photos is for an existing pet or a former resident feline. If there was a resident cat, I'm imagining it stayed in a super-secure hiding place for the entire time this monster intruder was stalking around the apartment screaming-mad. Probably smelled and sized up the bobcat in 2 seconds and didn't even bother with a territorial threat display.
Probably contributed to some of the pee too.
posted by King Sky Prawn at 3:04 PM on May 23 [4 favorites]


pfff next you're gonna tell me that someone didn't trip balls from touching a Buchla
posted by salt grass at 3:05 PM on May 23 [8 favorites]


Also, the source of the hoax - an Instagram for rescue bobcats - is itself FPP-able, so perhaps it's all a wash.
posted by Going To Maine at 3:08 PM on May 23 [8 favorites]


Going To Maine links to Claire McNair's Twitter: it brings me no pleasure to say that the viral craigslist bobcat somebody supposedly rescued is a hoax. all the photos are taken from a bobcat instagram account (it's a great account)

Um, a what now? A Bobcat's Tale, (Instagram)

What the what? Meet Gypsy and Monaco, the bobcats living with a North Texas couple (ABC news affiliate) The McAllisters got to fulfill a life-long dream of owning bobcats now that their two grown children have left the home. [...]

If you enter their living room, you'll find the cats perched high up on the window sill. Gypsy is twice as small as Monaco, but she's the alpha. The trust Mick and Melissa have with the bobcats was earned over several hard months. The two bobcats were declawed, hand-raised, and bottle-fed their entire life. The cats never knew the wild. When their first owners didn't want them, the McAllisters did.

"Most of the cats that come to us come to us because people have gotten in over their heads," said Val Marler of the National Bobcat Rescue and Research Foundation.

The cat toys strewn about belong to the bobcats. There are pics in the Instagram account where they're eating raw meat out of kitchen sink, being carried like babies, and relieving themselves on the toilet. What is HAPPEN
posted by Iris Gambol at 3:10 PM on May 23 [41 favorites]




(a) I don't even mind this swerve, because more bobcats!

(b) I commend the hoaxer, who wrote good, plausible (setting aside whether the situation itself could ever have arisen) fake text and chose good pictures. Usually you can spot these things in a hot second but I was genuinely doubtful.
posted by praemunire at 3:16 PM on May 23 [28 favorites]


GEEZ, THEY ARE NOT ANIMALS, KAREN
posted by praemunire at 3:17 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


It being a hoax doesn't seem to contend with the comedic value. I needed this today, thanks!
posted by OnefortheLast at 3:33 PM on May 23 [6 favorites]


Yeah I thought it was a funny gag even though IMO the picture with cat stuff in it was a dead giveaway that this was a bobcat rescue. Urban legends about clueless people adopting "stray" wild animals are classic.
posted by muddgirl at 3:42 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


I was recently informed by my partner that a coworker of his had gotten accredited or whatever as a wildlife rescue.

"what do they rescue???" I asked.

"they have one bobcat."

"a single bobcat? what do they do with it?"

"I asked him that. he said, 'I sure don't pet it!'"
posted by little cow make small moo at 3:46 PM on May 23 [17 favorites]


Also, there is a cat tree in the last pic. Is there another cat?

Not anymore! :D


I read that in Inspector Clouseau's voice.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:03 PM on May 23 [15 favorites]


Bobcats shouldn't be pets, backyard breeders are awful, all this fuels the illegal trafficking of wild animals, and it's generally shitty.
posted by ChuraChura at 4:05 PM on May 23 [19 favorites]


Twice as small????

DECLAWED????
posted by supermedusa at 4:14 PM on May 23 [10 favorites]


Also Id like to know about these giant richmond costco cats? Do I need to buy a twelve pack or are they available individually??
posted by supermedusa at 4:16 PM on May 23 [17 favorites]


CAT FOUND!!!
NO COLLAR
NOT VERY FRIENDLY
Ten years ago I one returned home from work late in the evening and was surprised that the middle-aged cats were unusually active, following each other around from room to room, engaging in little mock fights and retreates, and jumping onto the furniture and hissing every few minutes. I'm ashamed to admit it took a good fraction of an hour before I noticed that there were *three* cats instead of the usual two, and one of them was actually an opossum that had come in through an open window.
posted by eotvos at 4:23 PM on May 23 [128 favorites]


DECLAWED????
It's worth noting that that bit happened before anyone named in the story cared for them. (It's still ugly. But, also a pretty good reason to keep them in a rescue facility.)
posted by eotvos at 4:28 PM on May 23 [13 favorites]


Just RVA things. Maymont Park in Richmond is home to Monty, who was found on a hiking trail by a well-meaning family and "adopted", but became too socialized to humans to be released in the wild and too much of a bobcat to be a family pet, so they donated him to the park.
posted by enjoymoreradio at 5:21 PM on May 23 [2 favorites]


Then they could inspect the carrier to make sure that there was nothing inside that could be a threat to security.

Y'know, I'm glad they cleared them to be on the flight and all, but I would have thought that the twenty-five-pound wild animal with razor-sharp claws, prey-mauling teeth, and legs that can spring at your face before you realize what's happening would have been regarded as a "threat to security".
posted by jackbishop at 7:51 PM on May 23 [8 favorites]


There are very few groups that I would wish the wrath of a pissed off bobcat upon, but the TSA is at the top of the list.
posted by brand-gnu at 8:56 PM on May 23 [7 favorites]


This was hilarious. I had a snarky comment but I got distracted by a domestic cat that vaguely resembles a bobcat in size and murderin' skills who showed up just as I started laughing at all of this.

She just did something she's never done before, which was actually climb up on my desk - as opposed to my lap or the back of my chair - and then pointedly stood between me and my screen, slowly turned her head to balefully stare at me, wait a perfectly timed comedic beat, looked me up and down and then said "Meow" exactly once, then sauntered off.

I'm pretty sure she just said "Yeah, you think that's funny? I know where you sleep."
posted by loquacious at 9:15 PM on May 23 [14 favorites]


Meet Benji the bobcat.

Benji and Boy
posted by OldAndTired at 10:53 PM on May 23 [3 favorites]


I think I'll call him Robert.
posted by pracowity at 11:35 PM on May 23 [1 favorite]


I'm a little confused how this bobcat let the poster pick them up to carry into the house, but stranger things have happened. Even so, this is a good reminder for: All of the cats that aren't housecats will fuck you up, so don't get cute about it.
posted by rhizome at 12:12 AM on May 24 [1 favorite]


I'm a little confused how this bobcat let the poster pick them up to carry into the house,

Rhizome this was the question that I had as well. Like, in the house and then back out? With their arms around its middle? Ahhhh
posted by janepanic at 1:00 AM on May 24


Normally I read the comments before reading the article, but tonight I read the link first, and cried with laughter on this commuter train. Then I read the comments and was slightly disappointed (then relieved) that this was a fake, but that helpless giggle at the story with a clueless protagonist and a happy ending is what I needed, thanks.
posted by freethefeet at 1:21 AM on May 24 [3 favorites]


That Instagram is so cute, but its always so crazy to me that the US just lets people keep wild animals as pets. Here in the UK I'd need a licence just to have a native hedgehog, and that would only be for rescue and re-release! But in the US it seems you can have almost anything for a pet. Like, people in the comments are buying pet bobcats and getting them declawed by vets. Total madness.
posted by stillnocturnal at 3:31 AM on May 24 [6 favorites]




Because dogs eating cats is a thing? It's not right?

Dogs killing cats is definitely a thing; eating them would depend more on how hungry the dog is. Coyotes definitely both kill and eat cats (and dogs, keeping the cycle of life interesting genetically).

When I was a kid dogs were left free to roam the neighborhood, (though they were supposed to be chained to a tree in the yard if they were known to bite people, this wasn't enforced; you had to be ready to throw rocks at the mean ones). Outdoor cats were prey. I can remember once having to huddle with my friends on a stranger's porch while a stray dog killed a cat right in front of us; we were scared that it would go after us next but an adult finally came to chase it off.

Back to the original post, I thought it was well-done and kind of cute (unlike the scam or hurtful varieties of hoaxes), and I couldn't agree more with ChuraChura's comment about the awfulness of the breeding/trading of wild animals.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:31 AM on May 24 [5 favorites]




I think that the hoax feels good (tho not as good as it would if true) because it has a very upbeat fake resolution: I goofed, many people who corrected me were nice, some were jerks, I'm cool with it. This is so very much at odds with the quiet flame out that this person (who would probably have been dragged to hell) would have actually done if this were real. It's nice to think that someone can make a bone stupid mistake and both be treated kindly for it and take it in stride, without corncobbing or doubling down. This is an inspirational fiction about confidence.
posted by Going To Maine at 8:32 AM on May 24 [11 favorites]


Meet Benji the bobcat.

Benji and Boy


"Ooooouch."

*loving headlock intensifies*

I know we're supposed to hate stuff like this because it encourages people to fuck up wild animals by keeping them as pets, but anyone who can watch this video and not marvel at how that boy got to keep his face is so dumb they were bound to fuck up something
posted by schadenfrau at 8:55 AM on May 24 [8 favorites]


This was clearly fake; nobody could possibly have that much well-organized ribbon.
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 7:43 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


But in the US it seems you can have almost anything for a pet.

It's a patchwork; in Texas you can have a tiger, whereas I can't remember if California has decriminalized ferrets yet.
posted by sebastienbailard at 11:56 PM on May 25 [1 favorite]


On the upside, I now have more bobcats in my Instagram.
posted by gingerbeer at 11:00 PM on May 27


> whereas I can't remember if California has decriminalized ferrets yet.

Nope.
posted by gingerbeer at 11:03 PM on May 27


(they apparently love to [mis-]use the toilet!).

I believe I've read that home-dwelling bobcats/lynxes also like climbing up to closet shelves and pooping down, and this somehow mimics behavior in the wild where they poop off branches into streams.
posted by sebastienbailard at 2:52 AM on May 28 [1 favorite]


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